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23-year-old police impersonator caught after police in Michigan ask for public help

Police impersonator Blake Purvis. Image credit: Dearborn Heights Police.

A Michigan man is looking at jail time after reportedly impersonating a police K-9 officer on multiple occasions in the Detroit area of Dearborn Heights.

23-year-old Blake Purvis reportedly pulled over a vehicle with a flashing yellow light in northwest Detroit in November of 2016.

The vehicle in question was occupied by two Detroit Police-sanctioned citizen patrollers, who told Purvis they had a direct line with the police and said they would call another officer to the scene. Knowing the game was up, Purvis fled.

In February of 2018, he pulled over a woman on Detroit’s west side, approaching her dressed like a K-9 officer and introducing himself as a member of a “task force.”

“I thought it was a cop,” victim Kenisa Barkai said. “He says, ‘You know you just ran that red light?’ He says, ‘Don’t let it happen again.’ ‘OK.’ He proceeded to talk into (his) shirt and said, ’10-4. She is fine. I don’t need any backup.'”

The following, Purvis attempted to stop a woman near I-94, driving an SUV styled to look like a police K-9 vehicle. The woman did not stop and dialed 9-1-1.

Shortly after the incident, Dearborn police issued a public notice on social media about a suspicious man impersonating a police officer.

Purvis was arraigned on Monday and will face multiple charges of impersonating a police officer.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Purvis’ attorney -identified as Jack Kramer- says “there are many allegations that have been made, many of which are not true.”

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