Man Arrested At Riverside Superior Court Impersonating A Police Officer

Written by Trevor Montgomery

Riverside County News Source

On Wednesday, November 4, Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to protect the Riverside Superior Court arrested James Steven Davis, age 62 of Maywood, for impersonating a peace officer and impersonating a firefighter, along with a misdemeanor trespassing charge related to his unlawful bypassing of courthouse security screening procedures.

At about 1:45 PM, observant sheriff’s deputies and security officers stationed near the entrance of the courthouse, located at 4050 Main St. in Riverside, stopped Davis as he attempted to hurriedly identify himself as a peace officer while attempting to bypass standard security screening procedures at the courthouse entrance.

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James Steven Davis, age 62 of Maywood

Deputies detained Davis in order to verify his peace officer status. Davis produced several purported law enforcement and fire service badges and identification cards, all of which were determined to be fraudulent.

Through further investigation, deputies verified Davis was not a peace officer or firefighter employee of any public or private agency.  Deputies further learned Davis had previously been arrested and booked by a federal law enforcement agency for fraudulently identifying himself as a federal law enforcement agent.

Deputies extended their investigation to Davis’s automobile, which was parked just outside the courthouse. After the deputies obtained a search warrant, they searched Davis’s vehicle and found a replica semi-automatic handgun as well as authentic protective apparel commonly utilized by firefighters.

In a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff Department, Sergeant Sam Flores wrote, “Deputies arrested Davis on felony charges of impersonating a peace officer and impersonating a firefighter, along with a misdemeanor trespassing charge related to his unlawful bypassing of courthouse security screening procedures.  Davis was booked on these charges at the Sheriff’s Robert Presley Detention Center, where his bail was set at $5,000.00.”

Continuing, Sergeant Flores wrote, “This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding it is encouraged to contact Deputy Chad Fischer at Sheriff’s Court Services – West: (951) 955-2420.”

Callers can refer to incident file number CW153080002 and can remain anonymous.

Contact the caller: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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