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Man accused of impersonating police officer

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Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 5:59 pm

A 20-year-old man accused of impersonating a police officer while ordering a car with four people inside to pull over, is being held in a Maricopa County jail.

Nikolay Abbott, of Mesa, was arrested about 12:17 a.m. on Wednesday on suspicion of three counts of kidnapping and involuntary servitude in connection to an incident in which he ordered the people to pull the car over after he said they ran a red light, according to Mesa police.

On April 16, Abbott was driving his personal vehicle, wearing a generic-style police cap and belt and flashed his headlights before ordering the driver of the car to pull over near McKellips Road and Ellsworth Road, telling the car's occupants he was a police officer, according to police.

After asking the driver of the vehicle for his license and registration, he let them go with a warning.

Now, the victims are pushing for his prosecution after identifying him in a lineup of suspects.

Police had contacted Abbott regarding a separate case on May 14, and discovered that he had stolen walkie-talkie-type radios in his possession as well as his bogus police garb.

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