Crime

Fort Worth woman charged with impersonating officer after video of her yelling at teens

A woman caught on video cursing at teens at a Fort Worth playground while falsely claiming to be a police officer was in custody Wednesday, according to an arrest warrant.

The warrant was issued Wednesday charging Samantha Louise Eley with impersonating a public servant in connection with the incident.

Eley, 38, was arrested Monday on an unrelated charge in which she’s accused of a bond violation related to her previous arrest in a family violence case. Police did not release any information on the bond violation.

The incident in which she’s accused of impersonating an officer occurred at the Dream Park last week and was caught on cell phone video that one of the teens posted to Twitter. Eley declined to speak to a detective about the incident after her arrest Monday, the warrant says.

Police responded to the scene shortly after 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Dream Park, which is centrally located at Trinity Park, 2001 University Drive..

WARNING: This video contains profanity

A man who witnessed the incident told officers the woman had left the area when he told her that he was calling police.

Before police arrived, the witness told officers the woman was screaming and cursing at children, according to a police report.

The video posted on Twitter showed a teenager on playground equipment with a group of other young girls at the park. The video has been viewed more than 5 million times.

Eley walked up to a teen who was on a swing set, telling her to “stop now” because the playground was for children and they were not kids, according to the warrant and video.

Eley “slams her hands down on the swing one of the girls was using,” the warrant says.

The video shows she began to argue with the girls, and screamed, “I’m a f------ PD!” She then threatened to arrest the girls, the warrant says.

The woman continued to yell at the teens, saying they should read the signs and they were not “f------” children.

At the end of the video, Eley again yells, “Go now! Get out of here!”

One of the girls interviewed by a Fort Worth police detective said she and her friends left the park after the interaction with Eley because she thought Eley was a police officer, according to the warrant.

Frank Kent’s Dream Park opened in April. It’s an inclusive park that accommodates children of all ages regardless of physical or mental challenges. The $3.1 million playground was privately funded through an effort that took nearly six years.

Eley’s bond on the charge of impersonating a public servant was set at $2,500, according to the warrant.

Eley also has gone by the names Samantha Silvers and Samantha Chacon, the warrant says.

Eley was charged on Aug. 29 with assault/bodily injury of a family member in Fort Worth, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. The incident occurred Aug. 17, but details of the alleged assault were not available Wednesday.

The Fort Worth woman has a criminal history in Tarrant County. Eley was sentenced to 16 months’ probation for DWI in Southlake in 2014 and she spent 50 days in jail for DWIs in Saginaw and Fort Worth in 2017, according to court records.

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