Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 22, 2014

Man held after impersonating police officer

GREENSBURG — A Rushville man who bonded out of the Decatur County Jail Monday afternoon after posting 10 percent of a $100,000 cash bond is facing serious charges related to an incident Saturday night in Greensburg in which he allegedly, among other accusations, impersonated an Indiana State Police Officer.

According to charging information filed in Decatur County Superior Court, Samuel R. Maggard, 43, is charged with four felonies: Burglary (Class B); criminal confinement (Class B); robbery (Class B); and impersonating a public servant (Class D).

A police report filed in conjunction with the incident states that Maggard entered an unlocked Greensburg residence unannounced and uninvited late Saturday night. According to the report, the suspect was looking for a woman staying at the residence. The home belonged to the woman’s sister-in-law.

Once inside the residence, the report states, the suspect presented a badge – later identified as a souvenir Marine Corps Military Police badge – and announced himself as an Indiana State Police officer. According to multiple witnesses, the suspect was also wearing “a holstered small black gun on his right side.”

Under the guise of being an Indiana State Police officer, Maggard allegedly demanded the victim accompany him to his car, which was parked just outside the residence. The victim complied, and got into Maggard’s “black Lexus,” where he demanded she repay a $240 loan.

When the victim stated she didn’t have the money, Maggard allegedly tried to restrain her, but she managed to exit the vehicle, escaping back into the residence, where she locked the door as Maggard drove away.

The woman dialed 911 and police apprehended Maggard a short time later in his Lexus, driving along W. First Street. According to statements provided to police by the young woman, by Maggard himself and other witnesses, Maggard and the young woman had been acquainted two days after meeting through a mutual friend. Consequently, that mutual friend was present in Maggard’s car when he lured the young woman inside.

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