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Impersonator Flags Down Cops to Complain Victim Didn't Obey Orders

Impersonator Flags Down Cops to Complain Victim Didn't Obey Orders

Chicago Tribune via YellowBrix

July 28, 2010

CHICAGO – A South Side man faces federal felony charges after he allegedly pulled a gun on a Chicago motorist while impersonating a police officer.

Dashonne T. Creamer, 32, appeared in Cook County Court for a bond hearing Tuesday. Prosecutors said he flagged down two real police officers Sunday afternoon to complain that the motorist disobeyed his attempts to direct traffic near Sheffield Avenue and Weed Street on the Near North Side.

Creamer was armed with a handgun and clad in a bulletproof vest that had the words “Deputy” and “Ofc. Creamer” stitched in gold letters, Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said. He told Chicago police that he drew his weapon and ordered the driver to the side of the street after the motorist ignored his earlier commands, Antonietti said.

“Get the (expletive) out the car, you trying to hit me or something? I’m the police,” Creamer allegedly told the motorist.

Creamer allegedly told the officers he worked for a suburban police department, and the officers told him and the motorist to follow them to a district station, Antonietti said.

But under questioning, Creamer was unable to offer proof that he was a police officer, and instead produced a handful of fraudulent documents, Antonietti said.

Police said they later learned he had been previously arrested for impersonating an officer in Chicago Heights, and has a felony weapons possession case pending against him at the Markham Courthouse.

Creamer, of the 8200 block of South King Drive, was ordered held without bail for violating the terms of his bond in that case, officials said. Circuit Judge Jackie Marie Portman ordered him held in lieu of $75,000 on new charges of false impersonation of a police officer.

mwalberg@tribune.com


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