POSTED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 6:34pm
LAKE CHARLES, LA (NBC33) — A 30-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly impersonated a police officer in an attempt to get his former roommate fired from his job.
The Lake Charles Police Department reports that its office was contacted on Wednesday, July 3 after a suspicious call was made to the manager of “Market Basket.” The individual claimed a police officer told the manager that one of his employees was under suspicion running a meth lab out of his home and an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He then continued and said that the individual should be fired from his job.
“The on duty Manager then contacted the Lake Charles Police Department and was able to speak directly with Deputy Chief Mark Kraus,” Cpl. Larry Moss said in a press release. “Deputy Chief Kraus advised the manager that he had no knowledge of this incident.”
Officers were able to identify Jesse William Spearing, of Westlake, as the person who made the call claiming to be the officer. They learned that he was the former roommate of the victim and was acting on a grudge.
“The former roommate had Spearing removed from his residence due to Spearing’s narcotic use,” Cpl. Moss noted.
Spearing was arrested and charged with False Personation of a Peace Officer. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. His bond was set at $75,000.