WILMINGTON — A man charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer may face several other charges in a case that police say began with the suspect pretending to be a police officer and stopping a motorist on South South Street near UPS.
On April 18 it was reported to Wilmington Police that a black Ford Crown Victoria activated red-and-white emergency lights and stopped a vehicle occupied by two adult males and two juveniles, according to a press release from the WPD.
“During the incident the driver of the Ford approached the victim’s vehicle and it was noted that he was wearing khaki pants, a black polo shirt, and a pistol in a thigh holster,” according to WPD Chief Detective Josh Riley. “The suspect made a statement about the victim following him too closely and, due to having another ‘call to go to’, the suspect was giving him a warning.”
The victim was suspicious about the stop and took a photo of the suspect’s license plate.
WPD Det. Bob Wilson began an investigation into the incident and identified Trevor Riley, 30, of Williamsburg, Ohio as the suspect.
It was learned that Trevor Riley was providing armed private security guard services to the Prairie View Apartments in Wilmington, police said, and his business was operating under the name Private Protection Services, registered under the Ohio Secretary of State business listings, in his name.
Managers with the Prairie View complex confirmed Trevor Riley was contracted as a security guard company, WPD stated, and further investigation revealed that, at Prairie View, he he had installed a prescription medication disposal box at the property.
The investigation revealed neither Trevor Riley nor Private Protection Services was licensed through the Ohio Department of Public Safety-Private Investigator Security Guard Services as required by Ohio law, police said, adding that he was also not authorized to collect medication for disposal, according to Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and Drug Enforcement Administration guidelines.
Wilmington Police/Warren County Drug Task Force Detective Scott Baker, members of the Warren County Drug Task Force, and members of the Brown County Major Crimes Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence of Trevor Riley.
“During the search, several handguns, a box containing prescription medications, potential items of drug abuse, and other items related to the investigation were seized,” according to Wilmington Police.
Trevor Riley is currently charged with one count of impersonating a police officer and two counts of unlawful restraint through the Clinton County Municipal Court.
Once the case investigation is complete, he may face charges related to the prescription drug/illegal drugs seized in the search warrant, theft by deception, and operating a security guard service illegally, according to police.
Trevor Riley is on active probation through Clermont County Common Pleas Court for an original charge of aggravated possession of drugs, police said, and his probation officer has been notified of the charges filed and other activities associated with the investigation.
According to the probation officer they will not file a probation violation until the case is complete, according to WPD.