Man charged with impersonating police
by Madasyn Czebiniak
mczebiniak@annistonstar.com
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Robert Thomas Blackwell Jr.
Robert Thomas Blackwell Jr.
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A man was arrested Friday morning on charges that he tried to pass himself off as a police officer and refused to cooperate with police.

Anniston police arrested Robert Thomas Blackwell Jr., 31, on a felony charge of impersonating a peace officer, according to court records that became available Tuesday.

Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks said that around 8:15 a.m. Friday, a lieutenant driving near 13th Street and Wilmer Avenue saw a man walking down the street with an Anniston police badge on his belt. Sparks said the lieutenant didn’t recognize Blackwell, so he stopped his vehicle and went to go talk to him.

Sparks said the badge Blackwell had on him was not an official Anniston police badge, but rather a small replica badge officers usually wear on their jackets. He said that when Blackwell told the lieutenant he was employed with the Police Department, the lieutenant knew he was lying and arrested him. Sparks said he did not know how Blackwell got the badge.

Sparks said Blackwell resisted arrest by refusing to give the lieutenant his hands. Blackwell had a pair of handcuffs on him at the time of his arrest, but he was not armed, the sergeant said. A warrant for Blackwell’s arrest said Blackwell was also carrying a police cap.

Blackwell was in Calhoun County Jail Monday on a felony charge of impersonating a peace officer and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. His bond is set at $10,000, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 13.

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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