Joshua Hillman wearing a shirt embroidered with the letters, “MESA POLICE” on a gold badge. AZDPS/File Photo
Arizona

AZDPS Arrests Alleged Police Impersonator

Joshua Hillman wearing a shirt embroidered with the letters, “MESA POLICE” on a gold badge. AZDPS/File Photo

MESA, Ariz. — A police impersonator may have stopped multiple vehicles using red and blue strobe lights.

Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Sergeant Brandon Powell was travelling westbound on US 60 about 2:28 p.m. May 9 and noticed a large SUV initiating a “traffic stop” on a passenger car.

According to AZDPS, Powell noticed the SUV had blue and red strobe lights. He believed the SUV was an unmarked law enforcement vehicle.

Powell stopped to assist and noticed the male driver of the SUV was allegedly speaking with the female driver. He also noticed the driver did not have a firearm on his waist and was wearing a shirt embroidered with the letters, “MESA POLICE” on a gold badge.   

AZDPS said Powell questioned the driver, identified as 28-year-old Joshua Hillman, and determined he was not a law enforcement officer, nor was he affiliated with the Mesa Police Department. Hillman allegedly told Sergeant Powell he had stopped the passenger car because the vehicle had cut him off.

According to AZDPS, Hillman said he had reportedly used red and blue lights in the past when contacting stranded motorists.

Hillman was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office 4th Avenue Jail for impersonating a police officer and three counts of kidnapping.

AZDPS investigators would like the public’s help with tips about any police-type interaction with Hillman. The public can submit their information here: