Russellville Police Arrest Man On Suspicion Of Impersonating An Officer

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RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) – Russellville authorities arrested a man on Tuesday (May 5) on suspicion of impersonating a police officer, according to a news release.

John Moyer, 52, was booked into the Pope County Detention Center and faces charges of felony theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by certain persons and second-degree criminal impersonation, police said.

On Tuesday at 7 a.m., officers were called to the Clarion Inn and Suites at 2407 N. Arkansas Ave. in response to a person with a weapon, the release states. Authorities found Moyer sitting in a truck with a gun in his lap, and he appeared to be unconscious, police said.

According to the release, Moyer had a Russellville Police Department badge in his possession and a Russellville Police officer’s personal handgun too. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, authorities said.

An investigation revealed that Moyer was living with the officer that owns the badge and gun, and he had stolen it on Monday night (May 4), police said. During an interview with the suspect, police learned Moyer had gone into a restaurant on Monday with the badge visible to the public, the release states.

Additional charges Moyer faces include possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a taser/stun gun, public intoxication and carrying a weapon, according to authorities.