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Long Island Man Charged with Impersonating Police Twice: Cops

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013  |  Updated 9:03 AM EDT
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NY Man Charged with Impersonating Police Twice: Cops

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Police have arrested a Long Island man accused of calling 911 pretending to be a police officer twice over the last few months.

Steven Torres, 21, is charged with multiple counts of criminal impersonation and falsely reporting an incident after someone called police in Lynbrook and New York claiming to be an officer in need of help.

In the Lynbrook call Sept. 18, the suspect identified himself as a Nassau County officer who needed help with a traffic stop. When police got to the scene, they quickly determined the call was a hoax.

On Saturday, someone called dispatchers claiming to be a NYPD sergeant and falsely reported a shooting in Manhattan's Inwood neighborhood. 

Torres was arrested in Suffolk County during the investigation into Saturday's call.

He is also accused of falsely reporting a house fire in Cedarhurst on Oct. 3. 

It's not known whether Torres has an attorney. 

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