Defense wants evidence thrown out in impersonation case

TOLEDO -- Police say he impersonated a Toledo police officer and robbed the people he pulled over. Now, his attorney is asking the judge to throw out evidence that led to his arrest, reports News 11's Lisa Rantala.

Police say a man posed as one of their own about three or four times last year. They say he had a laptop in his SUV and managed to pull his victims over. One victim identified him in a photo array, and that's what the defense wants the judge to rule against this week.

The last time Christopher Parks says he saw 32-year-old Johnny Slover was when Slover pulled him over and stole his wallet.

"He told me to put my hands behind my back. He patted me down. I feel violated for the simple fact that he's not a cop," Parks says, noting that the incident happened Nov. 21 in the midst of series of similar police impersonator cases.

Parks says he and his friends had just left the club and spotted Slover at a BP parking lot on Stickney Ave. Parks said it looked as though Slover was undercover and checking random plates.

"The guy came up in the white SUV and started asking us questions. He had a computer in the middle of his dashboard and tried to play it off like he was a cop," Parks says.

Then a block down the road, Parks says Slover stopped him by flashing his lights and yelling for him to get out of the car.

"He had me down like this, whatever, and he patted me down, whatever," Parks says. "He started cussing and being real aggressive like, 'Shut up and sit down before I take one of you all to jail.'" Slover also flashed a gun, Parks says.

Parks knew he had been had when Slover took off with his money and ID card, he says. But Slover wasn't arrested until two months later.

The police report says that's when they received several complaints stating that Slover had been going around bragging about this robbery and others.

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