Surprise woman robbed by police impersonator

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SURPRISE -- The following is a press release from the Surprise Police Department:

Suspects face aremd robbery charges

On Friday March 20, 2009 at approximately 815 PM, a female victim was robbed at gunpoint in the area of Greenway Road and Jerry Street in Surprise.

Two male subjects drove up next to the victim in an older model, gold colored 4-door passenger vehicle. One of the subjects approached her, wearing a police uniform and Identifying himself as a police officer. The subject pointed a handgun at the woman and demanded money. He then took her cell phone, several CDs and approximately $80.00 in cash. Both suspects then fled the scene in the vehicle. The victim was not injured.

Witnesses were able to obtain the license plate number of the vehicle and call police. Based on this information, officers were able to determine the vehicle registration address. A short time later police contacted and questioned the driver of the gold colored vehicle at his residence. That suspect, identified as Pedro Garcia age 28, admitted to driving the suspect vehicle during the robbery.

The other suspect, Jose Ozuna age 20, was contacted at his father's residence in the area of Greasewood Street and Statler Street in Surprise. At the residence officers recovered an El Mirage Police uniform and a police style duty belt, along with the victim's cell phone, two of her CDs and some of the cash. The victim positively identified Ozuna as the robber.

Ozuna's father is a former reserve police officer for the City of El Mirage.

Both suspects were arrested and booked on one count armed robbery. Additionally, Ozuna was charged with impersonating a police officer during the commission of a felony.