2 men impersonate police, rob man in downtown Detroit

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Two men impersonating police officers talked a 24-year-old man in downtown Detroit into handing over cash, his iPhone, and credit cards early Sunday morning, police said.

The larceny-by-police impersonation took place about 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the area of Cadillac Square and Randolph.

The victimtold police he was approached on foot by two suspects who identified themselves as cops, but showed no badges or ID cards. Nor did they say they were with the Detroit Police Department specifically.

The suspects "acted as if they were talking on the radio," police said, and one mentioned that this approach was part of a "sting." Then the suspects asked the victim to turn over his cash, phone and credit cards. 

The suspects then fled on foot. 

The victim told police afterwards that he "had just smoked narcotics" and, believing he was under investigation, did as he was told.

Police offered a description of the two men.

The first is a black male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a full beard. He wore a gray Detroit Tigers hoodie and blue jeans.

The second is a black male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a full beard. He wore a puffy white North Face jacket, and blue jeans.