Police: Des Moines man impersonated officer, pulled over car and threatened occupants with stun gun

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Dewey Moraine (WHO 13)

DES MOINES, Iowa (WHO-TV) – A Des Moines man was arrested Wednesday night after police say he pulled over a car and claimed to be a police officer and then threatened the occupants.

Dewey Moraine, 54, has been charged with two counts of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and one count of impersonating a public official in connection with the incident.

According to a criminal complaint in the case, police in Des Moines were dispatched to Hubbell Ave. and Easton Blvd. around 11:00 p.m. about someone impersonating a police officer who had a car pulled over.

When officers arrived on the scene, the victims told police Moraine flashed his lights to get them to stop. The complaint says, “…Moraine had a stun gun and sparked it while yelling at them to exit the vehicle.”

A witness who saw the exchange told police Moraine made statements about being a police officer.

Police found two stun guns and a black air soft pistol In Moraine’s vehicle.

Moraine is being held in the Polk County Jail on a bond of $6,000.


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