Police: Man impersonated police officer, met kids

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Hazel Park — A man remains in the Oakland County Jail after his arrest for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

Christopher Lynn, 30, was apprehended on Tuesday after he had reportedly approached several Hazel Park High School students while posing as an undercover narcotics officer.

“We received a report from a parent about their 15-year-old son being questioned by an individual claiming to be an officer who asked him if he had any drugs for sale,” said Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner. “He also asked the student if he could pat him down. The student became suspicious and told the individual that he didn’t have drugs nor did he do drugs.”

Barner said parents of the teen later contacted police after learning about the incident.

“Then on March 3, an individual approached two other male students, ages 15 and 16, and made similar statements,” Barner said. “The students said that based on his demeanor they just didn’t believe he was a police officer.”

The students informed their parents who also called the police department.

“Their descriptions all matched,” Barner said. “We could see that a pattern was developing so we positioned officers near the high school, which is where they found and arrested Lynn.”

Police initially apprehended Lynn on two outstanding warrants: one for retail fraud and another for failure to appear in court for having a suspended driver’s license.

“We, and a couple of of nearby cities, have had contact with this individual before,” Barner said. “He admitted posing as a police officer when he was interviewed by our detectives.”

According to police, Lynn had no permanent address but was living in a motel near Interstate 696 in Warren.

On Wednesday, he was arraigned on one count of impersonating a police officer.

According to the Michigan Penal Code, depending on the circumstances impersonating a police officer is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of not more than one year and/or a fine of not more than $1,000.

However, impersonating an officer can become a felony if the individual uses that false identification to commit or attempt to commit a crime. Conviction is punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

Lynn remains in the Oakland County Jail after failing to post a $5,000 cash or surety bond.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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