October 19, 2011
Police have charged an Essex man with pretending to be a police officer and stealing cash and cell phones from a group of men in Washington Hill last month, court records show.
Ioannis Skordalos, 35, of the 300 block of Riverside Dr., faces of charges of robbery, impersonating an officer, theft and is being held without bail. There have been a series of other police impersonation cases in recent months, including one case in Greektown that occurred the day after Skordalos was charged, but he has not been linked to any other incidents.
A victim told police that three men wearing badges around their necks resembling FBI badges knocked on their door, in the 1800 block of E. Lombard St., and demanded to come inside, according to charging documents. One of the men held a clipboard with pictures of Hispanic males and told the three victims to sit on the couch, as two other suspects went upstairs and began looking through their belongings, court records show.
When one of the victims ask if they were really police, the man with the clipboard made threatening comments and said, “Shut up or we’ll call [Immigrations and Customs Enforcement]!” according to court records.
The suspects walked outside and got into a white or tan Ford Expedition, and drove away. The victims checked their rooms to see what was taken and found that $1,015 in cash, two business checks and a cell phone were taken, police said.
Police developed Skordalos as a suspect, and the victim identified him as the man who was holding the clipboard, according to court records.
Court records show Skordalos was previously charged with armed robbery and impersonating a police officer, in 2004. Those charges were dropped 10 days after he was charged.