Alleged cop impersonator has long criminal history

Leslie SimpsonENGLEWOOD, Colo. – A man allegedly pretending to be a police officer is behind bars and will face a judge Thursday morning.

Leslie Simpson’s rap sheet shows he was arrested two months ago for pretending to be a police officer in Denver. That case is still pending.

In Englewood, he allegedly approached two women in their car and showed a badge and ID card.

Records show Simpson, 36, is no stranger to the criminal justice system. He has been arrested 40 times for a number of felonies, including burglary, assault and theft. In February, police arrested him in Denver for a weapons violation and pretending to be an officer.

Friday, Simpson allegedly pretended to be an officer again, this time in downtown Englewood. Police say when they arrived, Simpson told officers he was a bail bondsman and told the two women, who were serving civil papers, to leave the area.

Police arrested Simpson, but they don’t believe he’s connected to other cases related in the Denver metro area.

“The fact that he asked her to get out of the car does concern us because there’s going to be some type of escalation in the contact,” Sheridan Police Chief Mark Campbell said.

In the past month, three fake traffic stops in Parker, Aurora and Sheridan have been reported to police. All three involved women and they all got away. With the cases unsolved, it makes some women nervous.

Police say if you suspect a fake traffic stop to go into a public place. Other things to look for are flashing lights, including the headlights and tail lights, police uniform, badge and ID.

If you suspect something suspicious about that person, police say to call 911.

That’s what the women did in the case in Englewood.

Simpson is due in court at 9 a.m.