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Police Impersonators Arrested in Robbery

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By Kamika Dunlap on July 14, 2010 7:12 AM

The two men who flashed badges and drove a black SUV with strobe lights weren't real law enforcement and in fact turned out to be phony cops.

Two men were recently arrested in Prince George's County after posing as officers during a robbery, the Washington Post reports.

Police say the men in uniform and badges rolled up on victims driving a black SUV with flashing strobe lights. They assaulted the victims and took wallets from their pockets before fleeing.

Daniel Steven Blaylock, 24, and Kennedy Arloniz Ventura, 20, are the suspects who were arrested after a search and charged with robbery and second-degree assault.

In general, robbery is defined as theft/larceny of property or money through the offender's use of physical force or fear against a victim. Where a deadly weapon such as a gun is used or the victim suffers injury, the robbery may be charged as "armed" or "aggravated." Unlike burglary, the crime of robbery almost always requires the presence of a victim who suffers actual injury, or is threatened with harm.

Typically, assault is an intentional attempt or threat to inflict injury upon a person, coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm, which creates a reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or offensive contact in another

Police are currently investigating and trying to determine whether similar robberies have been carried out in the county.

Authorities encourage anyone with additional information to call the police District I Investigative Section at (301) 699-2601. They said those wishing anonymity may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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