Man accused of impersonating a police officer after fight broke out at rodeo

Charles Cole, 36, is charged with impersonating a police officer

January 27, 2012 9:24:10 AM PST
A man is accused of impersonating a police officer after a fight broke out at a rodeo.

Charles Cole was arrested on a warrant at his home in Kendleton Friday morning. Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputies say January 22, Cole was in attendance at a rodeo arena in the 6500 block of FM 521 in the Arcola area when a fight broke out. A security guard hired to be at the rodeo was attempting to break up the fight when Cole, dressed in what appeared to be a police officer's uniform, began to wrestle with the security guard.

The guard told deputies Cole announced himself as a police officer and his outfit had 'POLICE' on the front and back, as well as law enforcement patches on the sleeves. The guard told authorities that Cole grabbed his wrist and held his arm behind his back. The guard also said Cole attempted to grab the security guard's gun out of its holster, but failed.

Cole, 36, is in custody at the Fort Bend County Jail. Bond has not yet been set.

Impersonating a police officer is a third degree felony, which carries a sentence two to 10 years in prison along a fine up to $10,000.