Man poses as police officer to rob woman

Julius "Mario" Williams
Julius "Mario" Williams

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A knock at the door in the middle of the night, and the man says he's police. He's not though, and it's why police need help getting him off the streets.

"I expect it in Baton Rouge but this street here, no," said Steven Carey.

It's a street Carey is familiar with, Tyler St. He walks home on the route many days.

"This street here is pretty quiet," said Carey.

Which is why what happened April 24th has some like Carey baffled.

"I'm sorry to hear that. Caught me off guard with that one," said Carey.

The arrest warrant said Julius Williams knocked on a 64 year old woman's door at 1 a.m. When she asked who it was, Williams responded with "The police." She looked outside and said she saw Williams shine a flash light in her eyes. She opened the door to find the man was not dressed as a cop.  When she tried shutting the door, he forced his way in armed with a black handgun and then tied up the victim with plastic zip ties and laid her on her bed.

"He forced his way in, tied her and stole some items from inside her home," said BRPD's Cpl. L'jean McKneely.

Things like the victim's TV, cell phones and jewelry, which is what helped police piece the case together. One of the stolen rings had been pawned and that helped police name Williams as their suspect. He's also known as Mario and charged with armed robbery and impersonating a police officer.

"Prior to opening your door, regardless who it is, make an attempt to get a look at them if you have a peep hole, if you have a window that's close to the door," said McKneely.

Cpl. McKneely said regardless if an officer is in a marked or unmarked car, uniform or plain clothes, all should have a badge and gun and the citizen has the right to ask for an ID card. If still unsure, "You can dial 911 and upon that, you can get a police dispatcher on the phone and that police dispatcher can confirm that 'Yes Ma'am or yes sir, there is a police officer at your front door'," said McKneely.

Anyone with information on Williams whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers 344-STOP.

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