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Stafford man arrested after claiming to be cop, police say

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

A Stafford County man, who police say was intoxicated early Sunday, was arrested after he startled residents by repeatedly banging on their front door claiming to be a police officer.

Jason Gaioni, 26, was charged with public intoxication and impersonating a police officer, both misdemeanor charges. He was jailed under a $1,500 bond.

According to Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy, residents at a home on Regina Lane in southern Stafford called the Sheriff’s Office about 1 a.m. to report a suspicious man. Kennedy said the residents in the Town & Country subdivision were shaken and scared by the man, who repeatedly banged on their door and yelled, “It’s the police. Open the door.”

Deputy Dimas Pinzon arrived and saw the suspect on the sidewalk in front of the house swaying back and forth. Kennedy said the man put a phone to his ear and pretended to be talking to someone as Pinzon approached.

When the deputy asked him what he was doing, the man claimed that he was trying to get a ride home and thought that he’d just left a party at the Regina Lane home. There had been no party at that home, Kennedy said.

Kennedy said the man had a strong odor of alcohol and was yelling at Pinzon as the deputy took him to a magistrate’s office to get warrants.

Kennedy said the residents acted properly in calling the Sheriff’s Office before opening their door to someone claiming to be the police.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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