Police: Columbus man arrested after impersonating officer

Billy Eugene Stokes
Billy Eugene Stokes

A 62-year-old man was accused of falsely identifying himself as a Columbus police detective Thursday afternoon.

Billy Eugene Stokes of Columbus was arrested at 2 p.m. Thursday at his Snelling Drive home. He was charged with impersonating a police officer and transported to the Muscogee County Jail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday in Columbus Recorder’s Court, but authorities plan to request that it be continued until 9 a.m. Sept. 16.

Authorities said Stokes went to Fred’s on 1900 Auburn Ave. and showed a gold badge, stating that he was a detective with the Columbus Police Department. Store employees witnessed the incident, which reportedly happened around 1 p.m. Thursday, according to police.

An arrest report indicates that he is unemployed.

No further details were available.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92