Trouble is brewing for a 55-year-old man after police say he claimed to be a police officer after being denied a free cup of coffee at a Fort Worth 7-Eleven.
Police say Paul McCarroll Humphreys is a frequent panhandler outside the 7-Eleven at 2945 W. Berry Street.
On Tuesday morning, Humphreys walked into the store and poured himself a cup of coffee, according to Fort Worth police spokesman Brad Perez.
“When advised he would have to pay for it, he identified himself as a police officer and started making verbal threats to the employee such as ‘Get on the ground. I’ll arrest you,’ ” Perez said.
Perez said Humphreys also flashed a business card and got on his phone, acting like he was talking to a commanding supervisor.
The 56-year-old clerk, however, recognized him as a frequent loiterer outside the store, he said.
A patrol officer dispatched to the store arrested Humphreys at the scene on suspicion of impersonating a public servant.
He was booked into the Mansfield jail where he remained Wednesday with bail set at $5,000. Impersonating a public servant is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Perez said police found a shotgun inside Humphreys’ car. The car was towed from the scene, he said.