VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (July 22, 2014)— The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man who they said posed as a police officer.
Michael Foster, a registered sex offender, was preliminarily charged with impersonating a public servant, possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and resisting law enforcement.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched Monday to the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, located in the 8200 block of Pollack Avenue, in reference to a man who identified himself as a police officer to several people. Foster was reportedly telling people that he was a member of a special police task force and that they should leave the area because he was going to raid the woods for a sex offender.
Police said the callers reported Foster was acting strange and appeared to have been drinking. Police said when they located Foster, he was wearing a t-shirt that said “Police” and he appeared to be carrying a handgun. Deputies ordered Foster to raise his hands, but Foster put his hand on the weapon and began walking toward a deputy, said authorities.
Deputies forced Foster to the ground and placed him in handcuffs. Deputies confiscated the weapon, which was a BB gun. A pocket knife with an open blade was also located in Foster’s pocket. A further search of Foster led to the recovery of marijuana and suspected Alprazolam, a schedule IV controlled substance.
The sheriff’s office said Foster offered no explanation for his action. He is currently a registered sex offender in Vanderburgh County and has been on parole for burglary since 2013.