Two men arrested for impersonating Dallas police officers

Two men arrested for impersonating Dallas police officers

Credit: Dallas County Jail

Mario Rosales-Varianos, right, and Jesus Huerta-Trujilo were arrested at the Solana Ridge apartment complex on the 8000 block of Chariot Drive in Dallas on Feb. 22. Police allege the two impersonated police officers to gain access to a residence they planned to burglarize.

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by MARY MULLER

WFAA

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 2:16 PM

Two men were arrested on Saturday for allegedly impersonating Dallas police officers to gain access to a residence they planned to burglarize. 

Mario Rosales-Varianos and Jesus Huerta-Trujilo were arrested at the Solana Ridge apartment complex on the 8000 block of Chariot Drive in Dallas on Feb. 22. 
 
According to an arrest affidavit, Anabella Availez returned home from her mother’s residence with Luis Vazquez when Rosales-Varianos started banging on the door and yelling, “Open up it’s the police. Open the door now.”
 
Availez walked toward the door to open it, but Vazquez stopped her. The document says he saw both men standing outside and neither man was in uniform.
 
He then told her to go into the bedroom, hide in the closet and call 911. Vazquez stayed in the hallway as the suspects continued to bang on the door and yell for them to open it, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
 
Vazquez told police that he saw one of the men retrieve a tool that resembled an axe or a sledgehammer from a truck. However, after waiting for another minute, the two suspects walked out of Vazquez’s sight and left the location.
 
When the police arrived, Availez and Vazquez told the officers they’ve previously seen the suspects in the apartment complex before and knew where they lived. The officers then attempted to locate the suspects in the complex and noticed their vehicle pass by.
 
The officers made a felony stop and arrested the men. When the men were arrested, they were both heavily intoxicated, the affidavit states.
 
Neither men had a previous felony conviction, but Rosales-Varinanos had a warrant for his arrest from Cobb County for driving under the influence. 
 
Both are in custody at the Dallas County Jail. They are being held in lieu of $100,000 bond because of their immigration status, according to county jail records.
 

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