A phony cop — with badge, gun and bullet vest in tow — came face to face with actual police officers in Elmhurst earlier this week, according to authorities.
On Wednesday, police officers from the 110th Precinct were on patrol near 59th Avenue at about midnight when they saw an argument going on between a group of people in the parking lot of Joe’s Crab Shack, located at 92-50 59th Ave.
The cops then intervened and while dispersing the group found 50-year-old Dwight Harley from Flushing, who was employed as a security guard for the restaurant, authorities said.
The officers noticed what looked like an NYPD badge on Harley’s belt and when they asked about it, the suspect said he was an off-duty police officer, but did not have the proper identification, according to authorities.
Upon arresting Harley, the officers found a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a holster of his belt and also noticed he was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and had pepper spray, two sets of handcuffs, an expandable baton and two Motorola radios.
Harley was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal impersonation of a police officer.