KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Men pretending to be cops are wielding guns and forcing their way into metro homes, according to Kansas City police.
Police are investigating four recent reports across the city where men claimed to be law enforcement officers in an attempt to rob people inside a house.
The first incident occurred on Aug. 4, in the 3600 block of Hunter Avenue, and the latest three armed robberies happened in the last week-and-a-half at homes in the 1600 block of Hardesty Avenue, the 6600 block of NE 39th Street, and the 114th block of South Corrington Avenue, respectively.
Although the scenarios differ in specific details, each victim provided similar suspect descriptions: one to three white men in their 20s with brown hair who sometimes wear shirts embroidered with the word “Sheriff,”, body armor, or fake gold badges. In one case, a victim even reported them as driving a car equipped with a red flashing light.
In the latest case on Corrington Avenue in South Kansas City, the victim was Firas Haha, a father who was home with his wife and newborn baby.
Haha said he heard a knock on the door from someone claiming to be an officer with KCPD.
But when the Haha cracked the door open, he saw a gun pointed in his direction. He slammed it shut, got his family to a safe place, then got his own gun.
“I just want to protect my family,” he said. “They want to get you with ‘I’m a police officer.’ They want to get inside the house and from there, they want to start to threaten you with a gun and put you on the floor – that’s how you’re kind of thinking about it.”
When the intruder broke a window, Haha started shooting toward him. The suspect returned fire before taking off. No one was hurt.
Haha, who owns a bar on Broadway, thinks the suspect(s) followed him home from the bar at the end of the night with the intention of robbing him.
“Any businessman has to watch out, anytime when he closes, watch out, look around, [see] who’s following you,” Haha said. “Close your door, don’t answer late, if they’re pretending to be the police, that`s crazy.”