Suspected robber, police impersonator arrested

June 25, 2009 1:25:32 PM PDT
A man suspected of pretending he is a police officer when he meets women through Craigslist, robbing them and making sexual advances was arrested in Fremont Wednesday night, according to San Jose police.

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Timothy Johnston, 47, was arrested after police followed an investigation and found his vehicle parked outside a home in Fremont.

A woman had called San Jose police around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday from the Days Inn Motel at 2460 Fontaine Road because a man she was meeting for a massage had used a police badge and detained and robbed her, according to the police department.

The man told her she was under arrest, and to wait while a female officer responded to assist, according to police. He also reportedly made sexually suggestive comments to her.

The woman followed him to the parking lot to provide police with a description because she suspected he wasn't a real officer, and the suspect fled, police said.

Police made a connection to a Milpitas sexual assault and robbery that happened in the same manner in May.

On May 30, possibly the same man knocked on a woman's door at the Beverly Heritage Hotel after a Craigslist arrangement and said he was a police officer, police said.

The man showed the woman an ID card and badge, sexually assaulted and robbed her.

During a follow-up investigation, police found a badge and ID card that they believe Johnston used.

A photo of Johnston is available through the San Jose Police Department.

Anyone who might have information or might have been a victim should call Sgt. Ray Avalos of the San Jose Police Department at (408) 277-4166 or Detectives Greg Mack or David Ostrander of the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400.

Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can call (408) 947-STOP.

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