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    Man Arrested for Impersonating Officer at Cherry Festival

    San Leandro police arrested a man in uniform Saturday at the Cherry Festival for allegedly impersonating a police officer. Ali Wolf reports.

    (Published Tuesday, June 4, 2019)

    San Leandro police arrested a man in uniform Saturday at the Cherry Festival for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

    Videos posted on social media shows police officers taking the suspect, Sergio Taylor, into custody at the 110th annual event, leading spectators to believe officers were arresting a fellow cop.

    Police recovered two replica handguns, real ammunition, at least one stun gun and an armored vest from the suspect. Taylor's fake police uniform has an embroidered "K-9 Unit" patch on the back, as well as a blue patch that signifies a sergeant rank.

    The uniform also has Taylor's name embroided on the chest, reading "K-9 S. Taylor #13."

    Taylor has committed similar criminal acts in at least two Bay Area cities, police said.

    Police also said they were on the lookout for Taylor after a bar fight in Berkeley last month.

    Investigators said Taylor has been posing as a police officer since at least 2017, when he was busted after getting caught using a fraudulent check to buy a motorcycle.

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