NEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — The son of a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant is accused of impersonating a police officer to pull over his ex-girlfriend.
Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Combs allegedly took his father’s unmarked police car to commit the crime.
He didn’t say anything to 7News crews as he left jail on Monday.
Combs was arrested in Parkland, Saturday morning, and was charged with armed robbery, impersonating a police officer and false imprisonment.
Combs, a PBSO cadet, faced a judge in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday who learned that he allegedly used his father’s unmarked police car while the lieutenant was out of town to conduct a bogus traffic stop of a man and woman on Loxahatchee Road.
According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office warrant, Combs activated his father’s lights and siren before he ordered the male victim to “walk back towards the unmarked police vehicle with his hands up, to lay on the ground and to empty out his pockets and place the contents on the ground.”
The warrant also states the male victim told investigators “he could hear Combs laughing over the PA system.” He also claimed a passenger in the police car placed a metal object against the back of his head and took his personal belongings.
Police said that the people in the car that was pulled over were Combs’ ex-girlfriend and a friend.
“You’re not allowed to go anywhere, doing anything,” Broward Circuit Court Judge Giuseppina Miranda told Combs during his bond hearing. “It’s basically house arrest. You’ll be placed on a monitor.”
In a controlled call with his ex and investigators, Combs would only admit to messing with her from his friend’s orange pickup truck earlier that night, circling and yelling, upset after spotting her.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office made contact with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Combs, the defendant’s father, who, detectives said, confirmed he was out of town and left his unmarked vehicle with his son.
His son bonded out on $120,000.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the matter internally.
Combs’ family and his alleged victims declined to comment on the incident.
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