Men allegedly posing as officers caught in the act

HOUSTON The victim, who was in handcuffs when the real police arrived, told investigators he thought the men were real officers.

It all happened off Antoine near Deep Forest.

"He handcuffed me and then he told me to move around to the car," said victim John Saccone.

Saccone doesn't even want to think about what could have happened had the real police not shown up. He's still in shock after his routine drive home suddenly turned scary.

"It didn't make any sense at all," he said.

Saccone had just left his check-cashing business when he says he saw flashing lights in his rear view mirror. Thinking he was being stopped by a police officer, he pulled over. And that's when he said out of the unmarked car came a man wearing a shirt that said 'police' on it.

"He said, 'You failed to use your turn signal on two different occasions,'" said Saccone. "He then said, 'I'm going to have to detain you and search your vehicle.' He said, 'Put your hands behind your back' and put me in cuffs."

Although he thought it was strange he was being detained for a minor infraction, Saccone believed the stop was legitimate. It wasn't until two real HPD officers showed up and noticed the car had Missouri plates did hear realize what was really going on.

"They had a pistol, shotgun. They had duct tape," said Saccone. "I believe they had another pistol."

Police arrested Sanel Bulic, 18, along with Alexander Irwin Kenefick, 18. Kenefick happens to be the son of Saccone's former employer.

"You've got to be kidding me," said Saccone. "I've known this kid since he was a baby and that just tore my heart out."

Police say the motive appears to be robbery, indicating the suspects felt Saccone owed them money, something Saccone denies.

Saccone is just thankful the real police were there when he needed them.

"I'm going write HPD a letter, thanking these officers for being so aware," he said.

Both suspects are charged with impersonating a police officer. They're both expected in court Monday morning. Neither suspect has a criminal history.

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