Update: Man gets $10,000 bond for impersonating officer on St. Mary's Road

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJune 24, 2013 

A man faced charges of impersonating an officer during a Recorder's Court hearing Monday after he was arrested Sunday on St. Mary's Road.

Devonte James, 18, was charged with impersonating an officer.

James was arrested at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday after police arrived at an apartment on the 4500 block of St. Mary's Road. A woman told officers that a young man had recently knocked on her door and said there was a disturbance in the area. This happened three or four times, but on one occasion the man said he was police. The woman was scared for her safety and could not tell if the man was police because he was in plain clothes.

Officers later found James and asked him about the incident. He said he did go to the woman's house and pretend to be police, but that "it was a joke." He was arrested and taken to Muscogee County Jail.

During the hearing, the woman who reported the incident told Judge Michael Joyner that she was at her 22-year-old daughter's house when the incident occurred. Her three daughters and 5-year-old grandchild were home at the time, and she feared for their safety.

James told the judge that he was not expecting the victim to be at the house, and was looking for one of her daughters. When she opened the door, he panicked and said he was police.

The mother told the court that none of her daughters claimed to know James. Her oldest daughter said she had seen him in the parking lot before, as his apartment is in the same complex.

Joyner set James' bond at $10,000. His case was forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.

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