Ontario man suspected of impersonating cop to bilk Pomona immigrants to be in court
An arraignment is scheduled Wednesday for a 20-year-old man charged with posing as a police officer to threaten and steal from immigrants in the Pomona area.
Andres Sanchez of Ontario is charged with 10 felony counts — five counts of false imprisonment by violence, three counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of attempted second-degree robbery.
The criminal complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant impersonated a peace officer during the crimes, and that Sanchez personally used a firearm on one occasion. The District Attorney’s Office also contends that when the alleged crimes were committed, the defendant was either free on bail or on his own recognizance in another case.
Prosecutors allege that between Dec. 7-21, Sanchez dressed himself in a law enforcement uniform, drove an unmarked vehicle and pulled over drivers he believed were immigrants. Sanchez then allegedly threatened deportation if the drivers did not hand over money, jewelry or cellphones.
Sanchez was arrested following a tip to authorities.
If convicted as charged, the defendant faces up to 25 years and four months in state prison, according to the DA’s Office.