Willimantic man arrested after impersonating an officer

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WILLIMANTIC – The Willimantic Police Department arrested a man for impersonating an officer, and threatening to arrest someone.

Police say that 27-year-old Willimantic resident Danny Vazquez arrived at a residence and advised the person that he was a police officer and that he was investigating after he received a complaint about the resident selling drugs.

Vazquez flashed a pair of handcuffs, wore a suit, and was wearing some kind of listening device in his ear. He later stopped two other people in a parking lot within the city and identified himself as an ATF Agent.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Vazquez and was arrested at his Willimantic address early Saturday morning.

In a statement, Corporal Stanley Parizo Jr. said:

“The Willimantic Police Department takes this type of complaint very seriously.   The public’s trust in today’s climate is paramount to our building a strong bond and positive relationship with the community.  Anyone who misrepresents themselves as a member of law enforcement needs to be arrested.  This type of behavior will not be tolerated.”

Vazquez  was processed and released on $5,000 bond and is expected in Danielson Superior Court on August 9th.