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Man arrested after posing as police officer and threatening to shoot Crown Heights man during illegal traffic stop

By Mason White 3:41 PM October 1, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A young man who posed as a police officer, was arrested after making an illegal traffic stop and threatening to kill a Crown Heights man, prosecutors in New York said.

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson announced that the 20-year-old Brooklyn man has been indicted on charges including impersonating a police officer and menacing for threatening to kill the driver he had pulled over in a phony “traffic stop” in Crown Heights.

20-year-old Maurice Joiner of 1519 Lincoln Place in Crown Heights, will be arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court on charges of first-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree menacing, second-degree harassment, possession of an imitation pistol, and possession of mace.

If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

According to the investigation, about 7:40 p.m., a 30-year-old Brooklyn man driving a van with a female passenger in the vicinity of Utica Avenue and Lincoln Place, made a U-turn and cut off Joiner’s vehicle. The two drivers exchanged words.

According to the investigation, Joiner pulled behind the van and turned on flashing red and blue lights similar to police emergency lights on the dashboard of his own vehicle, a Lincoln Aviator, resulting in the driver of the van pulling over.

Joiner allegedly exited his vehicle and approached the van, cursing. The van driver became nervous and drove away. Joiner then got back in his vehicle and pulled alongside the van, displayed what appeared to be a pistol and a police shield.

He told the driver that he was going to “blow his head off.”

The van passenger took down Joiner’s license plate number and called 911. Police officers from the 77th Precinct pulled Joiner over and found an air pistol, handcuffs, the blue and red light, a gold metal security officer shield, a bulletproof vest and mace.