SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield Police say that they have arrested a man accused of impersonating a police officer.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, officers were called for a report of a suspicious gray car parked on an access road leading to the Amtrak tracks near Liberty Street and Chestnut Street.
The officers arrived to see the car leave the area, but they were able to pull it over a short time later.
Delaney adds that a 32-year-old woman then ran over to the officers while they had the car pulled over. She reported that while walking on Main Street with a friend, the driver of the car, identified by police as 43-year-old Mitchell Johnson of Springfield, pulled over and began talking to the woman’s friend.
The woman reportedly complained that she was getting cold and Delaney says that Johnson allegedly agreed to give the woman a ride home.
As they were driving down Chestnut Street, Johnson drove down that access road and told the woman he was a police officer. He then “lunged at the victim, putting his hand down her shirt,” Delaney explains.
The woman got out of the car and saw Johnson drive away and subsequently get pulled over.
Delaney notes that a search of the car by officers found a semi-automatic handgun with a clip with 15 bullets inside the car, as well as a holster.
Johnson, according to Delaney, “is not affiliated with any law enforcement agency and was not wearing any type of law enforcement uniform.”
Johnson is facing several charges including possession of a firearm without a license, impersonating a police officer, and indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 years old. He is set to be arraigned Thursday in Springfield District Court.