A Salida man was arrested Tuesday night after deputies found in his home a replica Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy uniform, a police badge, weapons and other items that could be used to impersonate a law enforcement officer.
Christopher Paez, 33, was arrested on various weapons charges, according to Chief Mike Radford.
Deputies were called at 11 p.m. to a home in the 4000 block of Meadow Brook Lane after a woman who lives in the home said Paez assaulted her teenage son.
Deputies detained Paez and searched his home because they discovered he was a convicted felon. The woman told them there weapons in the house.
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Radford said deputies found:
A uniform with Stanislaus County patches. "Patches are pretty secured," Radford said. "I'd be curious to find out where he got them."
A Carson City police badge.
A duty belt complete with a firearm, handcuffs, pepper spray and a knife.
An expandable baton.
A Taser similar to those used by the Sheriff's Department.
A .357-magnum revolver, a rifle and four Airsoft guns with the orange tips removed. The orange tips are required on the guns to differentiate them from real weapons.
Red and blue lights that could be put on an undercover vehicle.
Throwing stars, daggers and nunchucks.
"I don't know where he's getting all this stuff from," Radford said. "But I doubt it's for a costume party."
Paez was booked at Stanislaus County Jail but was out on bail today.
Radford said the teenager told police Paez kicked him, although no injuries were seen at the time.
The status of the child abuse claim is not known.
Radford said he didn't know if any of the items were used in an attempt to impersonate an officer. He said he hasn't heard of any such incident lately.
In February, three teenagers were arrested on suspicion of impersonating officers and pulling over drivers in the Manteca area.
They used a red-and-blue strobe light in their car to pull over drivers. The teens were arrested a short time later after one of the motorists thought something was fishy and called law enforcement.
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