Fort Worth Man Arrested After Pretending to Be a Cop to Get Free Coffee, Police Say

A man was arrested at a 7-Eleven near Texas Christian University in Fort Worth Tuesday morning after he tried to get free coffee by claiming he was a police officer, authorities said.Paul McCarrol Humphreys, 55, strolled into the 7-Eleven and poured himself a cup of coffee, but an employee told him he needed to pay for the drink, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.Humphreys said he was a police officer, but the employee said he recognized him as a panhandler who regularly sits outside of the store."When advised he would have to pay for it, he identified himself as a police officer and started making verbal threats to the employee such as 'Get on the ground. I'll arrest you,' " said Brad Perez, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Police Department.Humphreys waved a business card and then got out his phone and pretended to talk to a commanding supervisor, Perez said. A police officer was dispatched to the scene and arrested Humphreys on suspicion of impersonating a public servant, which is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Police also found a shotgun inside Humphrey's car.He is being held in the Mansfield city jail, where his bail was set at $5,000.  Continue reading...

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