Crime

Robert Montoya Busted for Pretending to Be a Cop After Trying to Pull One Over

Back in 2009, we told you about a man we described as the worst police impersonator ever.

"The vehicle he used was a gray 1995 Cadillac sedan, the sort of car preferred by eighty-year-old retirees or ride-pimpers getting ready for Cinco de Mayo, not the police," we noted. "Instead of a red-and-blue bubble light mounted on top of the vehicle, he opted for a white strobe light in the front window and a flashing white-and-yellow strobe in back." In addition, his faux-uniform featured "security guard patches and a gold security badge with the word 'Chief' printed at the top" — and he capped off this ensemble with a black toy pistol.

Granted, Robert Montoya had better gear than this. But his luck was just as bad, if not worse.

After all, he was arrested for alleged police impersonation because the person he pulled over was an undercover detective. A real one.

According to the Denver Police Department, the incident took place Saturday evening, September 5. After Montoya tried pulling him over, the legitimate cop called dispatch to report his location.

In short order, officers pulled Montoya over near the intersection of Park Avenue West and Blake Street, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."


The DPD doesn't reveal the make and model of the ride the 47-year-old Montoya was piloting.

However, the department points out that the vehicle had "a light kit, a laptop mounted on a stand and a scanner radio mounted on the dashboard."

Too bad for Montoya that he lacked a badge sanctioning him to roust anyone, let alone a detective with one of his own.

Montoya was arrested on suspicion of police impersonation, after which he finally got a chance to take part in an official law enforcement action: posing for his booking photo. Here it is.



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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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