Police arrested a San Bernardino County Probation Correctional Officer Friday in connection with a bizarre case of false imprisonment and impersonating a police officer reported earlier this month.
Glendora police arrested Douglass Leon Weaver, 43, about 6 p.m. Friday at his workplace, the San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention & Assessment Center, 900 E. Gilbert Street in San Bernardino, according to Glendora police Capt. Tim Staab.
Tips from the community and Weaver’s fellow probation officials led to his identification and capture, the captain said.
“Weaver was on-duty at the time and did not know Glendora police were searching for him,” Staab said.
Agents from the San Bernardino County Probation Department’s newly formed Criminal Intelligence recognized Weaver from a composite sketch circulated by Glendora police and confirmed he drove a cream-colored Ford Edge that matched the one described in the crime “spot on,” Staab said.
He’s accused of posing as a police officer May 11 when he pulled over a driver on the Sunflower Avenue offramp of the westbound 210 Freeway, police said. He used a strobe light and bumped the victim’s vehicle from behind to get him to pull over.
The fake cop took the victim, who had been drinking, to his sister’s home in Glendora and released him, Lt. Brian Summers said.
The police impersonator then told the victim he was giving him a “break,” and that, “this never happened, Summers said. The suspect carried a handgun in a holster on his hip.
Five days later, the phony officer returned to the sister’s home in Glendora, saying he wanted to check up on the situation, the lieutenant said. The woman became uncomfortable when the suspect barged into the home and began touching her on her arm and leg, and the intruder quickly left when the woman said her husband would soon be home.
Though Weaver is employed by the San Bernardino County Probation Department, “He only has peace officer powers while on-duty, and while inside a custody facility,” Staab said.
He is not authorized to carry a gun either on- or off-duty, police added.
In a written statement, San Bernardino County Probation Department Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray said she was disturbed by the allegations.
“We will not tolerate off duty conduct that brings discredit upon the San Bernardino County Probation Department and the professional men and women who work here,” she said.
According to county booking records, Weaver was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Glendora Police Department’s jail pending a scheduled arraignment Wednesday in West Covina Superior Court.
PHOTO of Douglass Weaver and suspect sketch courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department