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Harwood Man Charged With Police Impersonation

Dagineaux Monroe Thomas, 43, of Harwood, claimed to be an undercover officer on a sting operation, police say.

Dagineaux Monroe Thomas, 43, of Harwood, is being charged with impersonating a police officer.|Photo credit: AACPD
Dagineaux Monroe Thomas, 43, of Harwood, is being charged with impersonating a police officer.|Photo credit: AACPD
A Harwood man was arrested Wednesday after police said he impersonated an undercover officer and demanded cash from another man.

Anne Arundel County police said that at around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a complaint of a man with a gun at the Shell Service Station located in the 3000 block of Solomons Island Road in Edgewater. 

While on the way to the scene, dispatch broadcast a description of the suspect, and police say they encountered a man matching the description once they arrived on the scene. The suspect, later identified as Dagineaux Monroe Thomas, 43, of Harwood, was taken into custody.

Police say they then spoke with the victim, a 30-year-old man, who told police that he had stopped at the shell station to put gas in his vehicle. While fueling up his car, the victim said he was approached by a man, who he identified as Thomas, who claimed to be an undercover police officer. 

The victim told police that Thomas opened his coat, showing what the victim believed to be the butt of a handgun. Police say Thomas told the victim he was on a "sting operation" and asked for money. Witness at the scened said they also heard this exchange, according to the police report. 

The victim did not give Thomas any money, and walked away, police said.

Police arrested Thomas and charged him with impersonating a police officer. Police and a K-9 unit searched the scene for a weapon, but one was not located. 

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