OAK PARK (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Friday sought more victims of a 26-year-old man recently arrested for impersonating a peace officer.
Kenneth Baron was arrested on Thursday for false imprisonment and impersonating a peace officer.
An investigation into Baron was launched on June 23 after he allegedly posed as a member of law enforcement while driving his gray Ford Crown Victoria on Smoketree Avenue in Oak Park, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
Baron reportedly stopped two 17-year-old males who were walking in the area by flashing a red and blue light he had on the dashboard of his car, officials said.
“He then directed the two juveniles to come over to his car, had them empty the contents of their pockets and searched them,” Det. Roger Kelley said.
Baron then allowed the victims to leave.
“At the time of this incident Baron was wearing clothing and gear similar to those worn by legitimate peace officers, and made statements that led the two juveniles to believe he was a law enforcement officer,” Kelley added.
The two teens reported the incident to authorities. A nearly month-long investigation revealed Baron had a history of similar crimes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and arrested him.
Based on the circumstances of this case, investigators have reason to believe Baron was involved in similar, unreported incidents. Anyone with information should contact Det. Roger Kelley at (805) 494-8216.