Police impersonator arrrested again - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police impersonator arrrested again

By Janice Broach - bio | email

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - A man previously arrested for impersonating a Memphis police officer has been arrested again for the same crime. 

Investigators say Bishop Tatum drove to the Treasure Park Apartments in Frayser on Wednesday night in what appeared to be an unmarked police car, equipped with a siren and a prisoner cage in the back.

"I actually thought he was a police officer at first," said property manager Robert Wheeler, a former police officer who says Tatum's story didn't add up.

Tatum told Wheeler he worked for a security company. He claimed a tenant had called him to report a peeping tom outside her window.

Wheeler checked to see if Tatum had a security license, and he discovered Tatum had applied for one, but was denied due to criminal activity.

Several tenants recognized Tatum as the man who had once ordered them to lie on the ground while he robbed them. Wheeler then called police, who took Tatum into custody.

Tatum's record showed that he had previously been arrested for aggravated assault and for impersonating a police officer.

Last year, Tatum parked a Crown Victoria, equipped with a siren and prisoner cage, in a handicapped spot at a Frayser restaurant. When police asked him to move his vehicle, Tatum said he was a security officer and flashed a badge, which police later learned was homemade. Tatum was also carrying a stun gun, pepper spray and a bullet-proof vest.

"There's no telling what their criminal activity could escalate to, where they may victimize someone," said MPD Spokeperson Monique Martin.

Tatum is scheduled to appear in court in a few weeks.  

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