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Detectives "concerned" more victims extorted by guard accused of impersonating police officer

Posted at 12:42 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 12:46:13-05

WHITE OAK, Md. (WMAR) — Montgomery County Police are looking into whether an alleged police impersonator extorted more victims following an incident December 28.

Kareem Hart, 24, of District Heights is accused of using a security vehicle to pull a man over and demand money, in exchange for not writing a ticket.

The 20-year-old victim told police he was driving in the White Oak Shopping Center parking lot when he accidentally turned the wrong way, and saw a Nissan Versa with "Allied Security" written on it flashing a yellow rooftop light.

When the victim pulled over, Hart allegedly got out of the security vehicle and threatened to write a $250 ticket for driving the wrong way, unless the victim sent $50 through an app.

Before leaving and calling police, the victim reportedly used the app and sent Hart $50.

Later that night, officers found the security vehicle and pulled it over. The driver was identified as Hart, the same man accused of extorting the victim earlier.

Hart was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer, extortion, and false imprisonment. He's since been released on bond.

Detectives are concerned there may be other victims. Anyone who has come into contact with Hart while presenting himself as a police officer is asked to call 240-773-6893.