Fake Officer Breaks into Cars, Threatens to Shoot Witnesses

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A man armed with a 9mm pistol and claiming to be a Springdale police officer is now facing a handful of charges including sexual indecency.

Donald Cauthen, 26, was arrested early Monday morning (Aug. 26) after he allegedly threatened to shoot residents of an apartment complex on Park.

According to police, Cauthen went into one of the apartments claiming to be an officer. Witnesses say he pulled out a black handgun, laid it on the table and started asking questions about surveillance cameras in the complex’s parking lot.

He left after the resident asked for other officers from the Springdale police department, a police report states.

Cauthen was later seen trying to break into cars in the parking lot, police say. When residents approached him, he pointed a gun at them and threatened to shoot, the report states.

Officers responded to the apartment complex around 12:20 a.m., a woman told them that Cauthen had inappropriately touched her earlier in the evening.

Cauthen was booked dint he Washington County jail on charges of Aggravated Assault, Impersonating a Police Officer, Public Sexual Indecency, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and Carrying a Weapon.