PD: Fake officer detains teen after high school dance in Glendale

Posted at 2:49 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 17:49:28-04

A man has been arrested for impersonating a Phoenix police officer after he tried to detain a teen waiting for a ride after a dance at Independence High School. 

Glendale police report that on September 29, a teenage boy was on the curb waiting for his ride home after the homecoming dance. 

Michael Edward Diaz, age 20, then reportedly walked up to the boy, grabbed both of his hands and placed them behind his back. 

Diaz identified himself as a Phoenix Police Officer. However, he was not wearing a uniform or a badge. He allegedly told the boy he was being detained for underage drinking. 

The boy's neighbor soon arrived to pick him up, saw what was happening and called the police. Diaz released the boy, but when the teen tried to get into the car, Diaz reportedly pushed his hand away, not allowing the boy to enter the vehicle. 

It was then that a Glendale officer arrived. Diaz identified himself to the officer as being a member of the Phoenix Police Department but refused to give a badge number. 

Diaz was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and impersonating a peace officer.