A suspect who allegedly impersonated a police officer while committing a scam against victims in the areas patrolled by the LAPD’s Rampart Division has been arrested, and investigators are now trying to determine if there are additional victims.
The case is being investigated by detectives with the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section. The suspect, identified as Jose Quintana, was taken into custody on April 26. He allegedly posed as an undercover Los Angeles police officer and befriended individuals who had been arrested, or whose family members had been arrested. The suspect allegedly told the victims that as a police officer, he could have their criminal case “disappear and go away.” The victims later agreed to meet with the suspect at a coffee shop, restaurant, or in front of a police station to pay a fee for his services. The suspect has been seen with a police badge and a firearm, and is known to drive a 2005 black Nissan Armada or gray Toyota Corolla.
Police had been searching for Quintana for several months. On Nov. 15, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed two counts of grand theft and two counts of unlawful use of a badge against the suspect, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives with the Robbery-Homicide Division at (213)486-6840.