A Crofton man was charged Wednesday in the impersonation of a police officer in Upper Marlboro.
Prince George's County Police said a man was driving a white truck southbound on Route 301, when he tried to pull over a Capitol Heights Police officer, who was driving his personal vehicle near Trade Zone Avenue.
When the real police officer identified himself, the suspect told him he was a military officer from Louisiana, according to PGPD.
The suspect tried to cite the off-duty officer for speeding, according to reports, but the officer told the suspect he did not have jurisidiction in Upper Marlboro and that the blue and red emergency equipment in his truck was illegal in Maryland.
The suspect fled the scene, but was closely followed by the Capitol Heights Police officer until Prince George's County Police arrived.
Police charged Anthony Kenneth Mastrogiovanni, 29, of the 900 block of Eastham Court, for impersonating a police officer. Mastrogiovanni has been released from police custody.
Police are asking anyone who may have fallen victim to Mastrogiovanni to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s District V Investigative Section at 301-856-3130.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ to submit a tip online.