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Police: Omaha man poses as Texas Ranger, attacks Longview officers

By JIMMY ISAAC jisaac@news-journal.com
June 15, 2011 at 10 p.m.


A Morris County man is in the Gregg County Jail after authorities said he impersonated a public servant and attacked two police officers while trespassing at a Longview apartment.

Charles Lawrence Johnson, 53, of Omaha, was arrested at about 6 p.m. Tuesday by Longview police, who were responding to a criminal trespass call at Churchill at Longview apartment complex in the 1500 block of East Whaley Street.

According to court documents, Johnson was told twice in 2009 to stay out of the property, but he arrived Tuesday and refused management's requests to leave a residence.

When officers arrived and tried to arrest Johnson, he said he was a Texas Ranger and "displayed a badge" that was actually a money clip, reports showed. When officers again tried to subdue Johnson, he fought "violently until he was overtaken and cuffed."

Johnson hit Longview officer Rodney Smith several times in the face with his fist during the struggle, but police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said the injuries were not serious, and Smith is fine.

Johnson is charged with impersonating a public servant, resisting arrest, assault of a public servant and criminal trespass. He remained jailed Wednesday on $11,500 bond.

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