After Mobile Police announced Oct. 10 they were searching for a possible law enforcement impersonator related to the roadside abduction and murder of 29-year-old David Kyles, police arrested another man, unrelated to the case, and charged him with impersonating a peace officer.
According to officials, 29-year-old Gregory Kohn pulled over a vehicle west of Eliza Jordan Road and indicated to the driver that he was a law enforcement officer.
Kohn detained the driver and passengers of the vehicle until police arrived, MPD spokesman Officer Terence Perkins said. It was not clear at press time how authorities were called to the scene.
While the incident took place Oct. 3, Kohn was not immediately arrested because a search warrant had to be executed, according to MPD.
Kohn was released from Metro Jail on bail the same day of his arrest and has no other arrest history in Mobile County, according to the Mobile County’s Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said Kohn’s arrest was not associated with Friday’s report of a possible police impersonator accused of fatally shooting Kyles.
Furthermore, MPD held a roundtable discussion Monday to discuss the uptick in the number of calls about alleged police impersonators reported since Kyles’ murder. Officials said they have not confirmed any reports of additional police impersonators.
While no arrests have been made in Kyles’ case, investigators are still searching for a suspect, who they believe may have taken Kyles’ vehicle. Police are still looking for his 2002 black, four-door Honda Accord with an Alabama license plate number 2AT7771.
Mobile Police Chief James Barber said officers received a call to the Interstate 10 overpass at Theodore Dawes Road early Friday morning, where they located Kyles’ body.
According to Barber, Kyles was last known to be leaving the area of Tillman’s Corner and at the time, was talking on the phone to his girlfriend when he indicated to her he was being stopped by law enforcement.
The same day, a white Ford Crown Victoria with a post-mounted spotlight and blue LED lights, similar to those commonly used by law enforcement, was recovered in a wooded area near the crime scene, Barber said.
Anyone with any information about the case can contact MPD at 251-208-7211 or by texting the keyword CRIME411 to CRIMES (274637). If anyone identifies the missing Honda vehicle, police said to stay away from the car and immediately call authorities.
In addition, officials said if anyone fears they may be getting pulled over by a law enforcement impersonator, to turn on their hazard lights and pull over in a well-lit, well-populated area or call 911 to verify the vehicle is, in fact, with law enforcement.
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