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Not Dead, Not A Cop

Again, Raymond Roth has been charged with pretending to be something he is not, Nassau County police said. Last summer, Roth pretended to be dead. This time, police say, he pretended to be a police officer. He is neither.

Last summer, Roth tried to make it appear that he had drowned in the ocean off Jones Beach. He just recently pleaded guilty to fourth degree conspiracy in exchange for a promised sentence of 90 days in jail and five years of probation from last summer’s incident.

Now, police say, in March he impersonated a police officer. Roth has now been charged with criminal impersonation in the first degree, attempted kidnapping in the second degree and attempted burglary in the third degree.

According to police, a female victim, while walking on Church St. and Main St. in Freeport was approached by a male in a white minivan with a brown lower panel, who continually yelled at her to get into the minivan. As she kept walking, he threatened to arrest her and identified himself as a police officer.  The victim then ran into PLS Check Cashing located at 10 E. Sunrise Hwy. The subject followed her in and demanded the employees open the security door, but they refused. He again identified himself as a police officer. The employees called police and the subject fled the scene in an unknown direction. Police are alleging that Roth is the subject and have charged him in this incident.

According to a police spokesperson, police are also investigating two similar incidents that occurred in Freeport. According to the spokesperson, witnesses report seeing a van that has been described as similar to Roth’s. He has not been charged in those incidents, as of press time.