NBC10 - George Spencer
An early morning dispute landed as alleged police impersonator in jail. NBC10's George Spencer reports on the city job the man does hold.
A clerk in Philadelphia's Sheriff's Office is behind bars after he allegedly pulled a gun on three auto shop workers while pretending he was a police officer.
Officials say the ordeal began around 8 a.m. on Saturday at the Midas Auto Shop on 42nd and Market Street. Employees at the shop say they noticed a light-colored Lincoln Navigator blocking the entrance to the parking lot.
The manager and two employees say they approached the driver of the vehicle, identified as 45-year-old Barry Young, and asked him to move. That’s when Young allegedly snapped.
Officials say Young told the workers, “You don’t know who you’re messing with!” He then allegedly claimed to be a Philadelphia Police officer, took out a gun, cocked it, jammed it into the manager’s abdomen and hit him across the head.
The manager quickly alerted police. When the officers arrived, they say Young changed his story and claimed he worked in the Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives say Young is not a cop he did however work as a clerk in the Sheriff’s Office for about a year until he was suspended without pay following this incident.
Young was arrested and charged with assault, impersonating a police officer, terroristic threats and other related offenses.
Court records indicate Young was arraigned early Sunday morning and released after posting 10 percent of $50,000 bail. He awaits a preliminary hearing on Nov. 12.