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2 arrested for allegedly impersonating police officers

November 11, 2010 |  2:24 pm

Two men who held people at gunpoint and interrogated them while pretending to be police officers have been arrested near Murrieta, Riverside County sheriff's officials said Thursday.

Deputies received reports Wednesday of two men in a van with emergency vehicle lighting who were detaining people parked in the area, said Sgt. Joe Borja, a spokesman for the department.

Deputies found Micke Jamison, 26, of Temecula and Danny Avila, 50, of Escondido in the process of detaining and interrogating occupants of a vehicle in De Luz, a rural area near the U.S. Marine Corps base.

Jamison and Avila were arrested Wednesday on charges of false imprisonment and impersonating a police officer, Borja said. Investigators are asking other people who may have been questioned by the suspects to come forward.

-- Stephen Ceasar