Anaheim police asked for the public’s help Monday in tracking down possible victims of a transient charged with impersonating a police officer.

Gabriel Magna Lopez, 42, is accused of using his dark-colored Cadillac to pull over a car containing  two women Oct. 26 at La Palma Avenue and Anaheim Boulevard about 10 a.m., Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said.

Lopez got out of his vehicle, announced that he was a police officer and said he was going to arrest the women, Dunn said. When the women told him they would call police to verify his claim, the man returned to his car and fled, Dunn said.

The women, however, relayed the license plate number to police, who tracked down Lopez, Dunn said.

Lopez is homeless and lives out of the vehicle, Dunn said.

Investigators suspect Lopez impersonated police officers on other occasions and asked the public to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS if they have any relevant information about the him, Dunn said. Anonymous tips were welcome.

Lopez pleaded not guilty Dec. 8 to a felony charge of false imprisonment, according to Orange County Superior Court records. Lopez, who was being held on $25,000 bail, was next due in court for a pretrial hearing Dec. 16.

City News Service

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