Teen with history of impersonating officers arrested again in Georgia

Teen with history of impersonating officers arrested again in Georgia

Police in Cobb County arrested a 17-year-old who is accused again of impersonating a law enforcement official. (Photo: Cobb County Police Department)

AUSTELL, Ga. — A teenager with a history of impersonating police officers was arrested again in Austell, Georgia, Monday after he was accused of knocking on someone’s door and saying he was a federal agent.

This is the fifth time Samuel Mallard has pretended to be an officer, according to WSB. During the last incident, on July 4, a family said Mallard wore a Cobb County police vest, referred to himself as Sgt. Jackson and told them they couldn't shoot off fireworks.

They reported the incident to the actual police, leading to Mallard's arrest.

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Just after midnight Monday, Mallard knocked on a family's door and identified himself as a U.S. marshal, according to an arrest warrant. Teenagers answered the door while their mother was in the shower, according to police.

When she went to the door to address the teen, he was getting into a Ford Ranger to drive away. She called 911 to report the odd incident, and an officer caught up with Mallard while he was still in the neighborhood.

"He had an air pistol with a Blackhawk holster," Cobb County Police Department public information officer Sarah O'Hara told WSB. "He had everything that would make him appear to somebody who wasn't in the job that he was a police officer or law enforcement."

He was also wearing a vest that said "Marshall Fugitive From Justice" and a black T-shirt bearing the Fulton County Sheriff's Office symbol, according to police.

Mallard was arrested on a felony charge of impersonating a police officer, as well as a stop-sign violation. He was booked into the county jail early Monday and released on bond a few hours later.

WSB reported that police said they have arrested Mallard six times since he was 11 years old.

O’Hara said detectives are working with the court system to find other avenues of rehabilitation for Mallard. While Mallard has not made any threats or posed a danger to society, police are eager to avoid any future run-ins with the teen.

“We are very aware that this is a recurring problem and the discipline that’s been carried out so far has not been effective,” she said.

O’Hara said the police department encourages anyone interested in law enforcement to pursue those interests appropriately and legally.