Sheriff’s Office Arrested Suspect Police Impersonator

The suspect also faces a weapons charge.


Frederick, Md (KM) The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office has charged a man with impersonating a police officer. Miguel Angel Radla, 29, of Frederick is charged with impersonating a police officer and three counts of having a handgun in a vehicle.

On Wednesday, May 23rd at 9:09 PM, a deputy on routine patrol in the Ballenger Creek area saw a Mustang with a Maryland license plate in the Hanover development. The vehicle had blue LED lights on the dashboard and the window. It did not have a front  license plate which is a requirement in Maryland.

The deputy pulled the Mustang over in the  Ballenger Creek Plaza. The Sheriff’s Office says Ralda, the driver, said he was a police officer and produced denitrification. Authorities say it was a business card, and not an official law enforcement identification. The deputy was familiar with reports of a man impersonating a police officer, and believe Ralda was the suspect.

After questioning the driver, the deputy placed Ralda under arrest. A search of the Mustang netted handcuffs, Velcro police patches and several badges. In addition, three handguns, some loose ammunition and several loaded magazines were found.

Ralda was taken into custody.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have had contact with  Ralda as he was portraying a police officer to call  Detective Mike Toste at 301-600-3640.


By Kevin McManus