BOGALUSA MAN ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING
A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
On December 11, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Demontrey Lavon Mingo, 22, a resident of 626 Avenue E, Bogalusa, for impersonating a law enforcement officer.
A Franklinton area resident called the Sheriff’s Office reporting that an unknown male had come to the door of the residence and wanted to come inside. Although he was not dressed in a uniform and did not provide any law enforcement identification, he insisted that he was a law enforcement officer and needed to enter the residence. After being refused entry into the residence, the man then attempted to persuade the homeowner to step outside. The homeowner again refused and stated that a call was being made to the Sheriff’s Office. At that point, the unknown male fled on foot.
Two hours later, the impersonator returned to the area and was confronted by a neighbor who was aware of the ongoing issue. The neighbor called the Sheriff’s Office with a description of the man who once again fled. Responding Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to locate the impersonator, identified as Mingo, on Highway 10 outside of Bogalusa. He was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer. He was released later that day after posting a $3,550 bond.
“The alert homeowner and the neighbor did the right thing,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “It appears that Mingo had criminal intentions and was using the scam of being an officer to gain entry into the residence. This is a good lesson for all homeowners. Never admit a stranger into your house and always keep a safe distance behind a closed and locked door. Call the Sheriff’s Office if the person seems suspicious and you have concerns. Our deputies wear clearly recognizable uniforms. Our detectives may be in plain clothes, but they have adequate picture identification. Always err on the side of caution.”