More alleged Genesee County police impersonators arraigned on additional charges

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FLINT (WJRT) (6/12/2018) - Authorities announced more charges and the names of additional suspects accused of impersonating police officers around Genesee County for the past three years.

The two suspects arrested in late May were arraigned on additional charges Tuesday while two more suspects faced a judge for the first time. Police expected to arraign a fifth suspect later Tuesday.

One of the suspects volunteered as a reserve officer with the Flint Police Department. But the department cut ties with him on June 1 after learning about the allegations.

Emily Burrison, 27, of Burton is facing the following charges:
-- Seven counts of unlawful imprisonment, with four resulting from an incident on July 2, 2017, and three based on an incident in 2015.
-- Two counts of impersonating a police officer based on the 2015 on 2017 incidents.
-- Four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon from the 2017 incident.
-- Using a firearm to commit a felony.

Jeffrey Jones, 29, of Flint is facing the following charges:
-- Three counts of unlawful imprisonment based on a 2015 incident.
-- Impersonating a police officer.

Auston Rose, 23, of Flint is facing the following charges:
-- Nine counts of unlawful imprisonment based on the July 2, 2017, incident and two other incidents in 2015.
-- Three counts of impersonating a police officer.
-- Four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
-- Two counts of using a firearm to commit a felony.

Willie Strong, 32, of Flint is facing the following charges:
-- Four counts of unlawful imprisonment based on an incident in 2015.
-- Four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
-- Impersonating a police officer.
-- Using a firearm to commit a felony.

Charges were not announced for the fifth suspect. Each of the four arraigned on Tuesday remained in custody on $25,000 bond for each charge, totaling well over $100,000 for each suspect.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said all three suspects had been impersonating police for about three years, dating back to 2015. They had badges, uniforms, handcuffs and light bars on vehicles to look legitimate.

Leyton said some real police officers were even fooled by the suspects and asked them on occasion to submit reports when they were on a scene together.

Police caught the alleged fake officers at Stepping Stone Falls in Genesee Township.

Leyton said a woman and her friend had been handcuffed while their IDs were taken and allegedly run through a computer. He added one other man also had his ID taken, but he was not handcuffed.

The three were all allowed to leave and given their IDs back.

Leyton planned to talk about the additional charges and suspects Tuesday afternoon. Watch ABC12 on air and online for updates later Tuesday.

This investigation is ongoing to identify more would-be police officers. Anyone who believes they fell victim to the group's scheme is urged to call police and file a report.



 
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