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MetroLink police impersonator faces charges

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Shaun Arnold, 36, is charged with impersonating a police officer on a MetroLink train. Shaun Arnold, 36, is charged with impersonating a police officer on a MetroLink train.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A fake cop could be sentenced to real time in jail after law enforcement officials arrested him for allegedly wearing a St. Louis police uniform.

Police said 36-year-old Shaun Steven Arnold of north St. Louis County rode a MetroLink train in a full St. Louis police uniform on June 28 and checked passengers for valid tickets.

Arnold was confronted at approximately 5:40 p.m. by a man who questioned his legitimacy. Arnold reportedly insisted he was a police officer, but "could not provide identifying information, nor could he answer simple questions regarding his purported capacity," according to court documents.

A law enforcement officer stated Arnold later admitted that he was not actually a police officer and had been impersonating an officer.

Court documents revealed Arnold was previously convicted of impersonating a police officer in Texas.

In another previous case, Arnold dressed like a St. Louis deputy while riding alongside a Brooklyn officer. For that case, Arnold pleaded guilty to false impersonation of a peace officer and spent two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Arnold was charged Wednesday with one misdemeanor count of false impersonation of a law enforcement officer.

If convicted, Arnold could spent up to a year in jail and face a $1,000 fine.

A judge set Arnold's bail at $1,000.

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