Man accused of impersonating police officer to kidnap teen boy

A 38-year-old man who posed as a police officer to get a 13-year-old boy into his truck was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of kidnapping, Los Angeles police officials said.

The boy was riding his bicycle near Van Nuys Boulevard and Tupper Street in Panorama City around 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, when he was hit by a pickup truck.

A man identified as Ottoniel Mendoza got out of the vehicle, showed the boy a badge and told him he was a police officer, the LAPD said.

Mendoza told the boy to get in the truck, and he did, police said.

A witness followed the truck and called the police after the accident.

Officers found Mendoza, another man, and the boy in the truck near Sepulveda Boulevard and Tupper Street.

The boy was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained in the accident.

Both adult occupants of the truck were arrested and questioned, but only Mendoza was arrested and taken to jail, police said. Man accused of impersonating police officer to kidnap teen boy

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