Police: Man impersonated cop at Walmart
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
ALABASTER – A 38-year-old Alabaster man has been released from jail on a $10,000 bond after he allegedly produced a badge and threatened a victim while shopping in the Alabaster Walmart.
Alabaster police arrested Charles Damon Lewis, who lists an address in the 600 block of 12th Street Northwest, on June 26 and charged him with one felony count of impersonating a peace officer.
Lewis’ arrest came a few days after the victim in the case reported being threatened by Lewis at the Walmart, said Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney.
During the confrontation, Lewis allegedly flashed a badge at the victim and stated, “(The victim) is lucky he is not going to jail,” according to Lewis’ arrest warrant.
“He did present a badge. It wasn’t a real police badge, but it was hard to tell looking at it from a distance,” Rigney said. “That fits the statute for that charge.”
Rigney said the suspect and the victim did not know each other before the confrontation, and said the victim made a report to the police department after the incident.
“We take these kind of cases seriously. It’s a serious offense,” Rigney said.
Impersonating a peace officer is a Class C felony. If convicted, Lewis could face up to 10 years in prison.
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