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Police Seeking Victims of Accused Costa Mesa Police Impersonator

The woman was arrested on suspicion of carrying an unregistered loaded firearm, being in possession of a high-capacity magazine and impersonating a police officer.

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    Woman Arrested for Posing as Cop

    She had a badge, a gun, and real-looking patrol car, but she was a fake posing as a cop in Orange County. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (Published Friday, Nov. 8, 2019)

    The Costa Mesa Police Department sought the public's help Friday in identifying victims of a woman suspected of impersonating a police officer.

    Investigators released photos of Michelle Brianna Hughes, who was arrested Nov. 1 when she was wearing a tactical vest with a police patch on the front and a law enforcement duty belt with handcuffs, Costa Mesa Police Department Detective Jon Smith said.

    Hughes, 30, of Huntington Beach, also was in possession of a fake law enforcement badge, a Taser, and a loaded unregistered handgun with a high- capacity magazine on the belt when she was arrested, Smith said.

    Hughes was stopped in the area of Harbor Boulevard and Merrimac Way by the department's gang unit in a 2016 Chevrolet Impala with a law enforcement light bar and California exempt license plates, Smith said.

    Hughes was arrested on suspicion of carrying an unregistered loaded firearm, being in possession of a high-capacity magazine and impersonating a police officer, Smith said. She has been released on bail.

    Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Smith at 714- 754-5097 or jsmith@costamesaca.gov.

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