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Queens Man Arrested for Impersonating Cop, Soliciting Donations from Preschool

A man accused of impersonating a police officer and soliciting donations from a Queens preschool has been arrested, according to the NYPD.

Police say that John Williams, 59, allegedly walked into the New Milestone Preschool in Astoria on the morning of Feb. 28 and flashed an NYPD identication card.

Williams apparently tried to solicit donations for charity, then fled the scene. 

Other neighbors and businesses in Astoria and other Queens neighborhoods came forward to tell News 4 the same man approached them and asked for money. 

Charges against Williams are pending. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer. 

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