Police imposter arrested after he calls actual police for backup

ST. GEORGE – An Ivins man, who has no affiliation with any police department, was arrested Tuesday for impersonating an officer after he called the actual police for backup during a phony traffic stop.

St. George Police have been searching for a man who has been allegedly impersonating officers for awhile now. They have had multiple reports of a man following people in his personal vehicle, approaching them, and making claims that he was a police officer.

“It took us a little while to track him down,” St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.

They tracked him down on Monday evening and arrested Ruben Wayne Holt, 19, of Ivins, near 1000 East and St. George Boulevard. Holt had pulled behind a parked car, approached the driver, and then called the St. George Police for backup. Police responded to his call with his subsequent arrest.

It is suspected mental issues may have played a part in Holt’s situation, Despain said. That is the police department’s best guess pending official verification, he said.

“(Holt) just really feels that he is an undercover police officer,” Despain said.

Holt was arrested on two counts of impersonating a police officer, disorderly conduct, and unlawful detention and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility.

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  • RNewby November 6, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I love a stupid criminal. Although this one is shamefully dumb.

    • Tyler November 8, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Yea……but not if he’s menatlly ill.

  • momof2 November 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    This man has been harrassing both employees and customers at the Perks on Sunset. Scary guy!

  • Craig November 7, 2013 at 6:07 am

    This is what you get when cousins marry.

    • DoubleTap November 7, 2013 at 9:47 am


      • But Seriously November 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

        So they took him back to Colorado City where he is an actual police officer.

        • Most Likely November 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

          Now that made me laugh!

        • Craig November 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm

          Yes. The story I heard was that his cousin, who was actually his uncle two years ago, and his brother-in-law five years ago and any day now may receive a calling to be his step-father was summoned to gather the twit.

  • tom November 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Why is it that Mormons ridicule members of the Flds church but they never say a thing about thier beloved Joseph Smith and Brigham Young and their multitude of wives?

    • Aly November 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you!

    • My Evil Twin November 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      So how do you know these posters are LDS?

    • Dana November 8, 2013 at 6:03 am

      Because they are trying to distance themselves from the facts.

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