Police: Man posing as cop pulls over, robs family at Mt. Airy car wash

Man pretending to be cop robs family

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - A man is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday on accusations he posed as a police officer, armed with a knife, robbed a family.

Antonio Gray, 47, is held on two felony charges of impersonating a police officer and aggravated robbery. His bond was set at by a judge Thursday morning at $5,000. Court officials say Gray has 12 prior felony convictions. He’s due back in court on June 3.

Cincinnati police said Gray has a history of committing burglaries and assaults, and his latest offense occurred in Mt. Airy Monday night.

One of the victims spoke with FOX19 Wednesday.

She said she is still too frightened to be identified.

She told she was at the Mt. Airy Car Wash on Colerain Avenue with her uncle and his wife when Gray approached.

“He backs in the same bay of us in the car wash and he came to my uncle’s window and said get out I’m an officer," she recalled.

"He had normal clothes on but when he lifted his shirt he had a badge on so we thought he was just an undercover.”

She said her uncle has been arrested in the past and didn’t want to get in trouble, so they followed Gray’s orders.

“I thought he was really a cop," she told FOX19 NOW. "He made us get out of the car and he was like get your hands on the car. He had my phone at one point. He made me give him my phone and he starts going through his pockets to take his money out.

That’s when they knew something wasn’t right, she said.

“My uncle looks and where he had pulled up his badge it got stuck on his shirt. We saw that it said security on it. My uncle said you’re not a cop and he instantly pulls out a knife and starts trying to stab him,” she recalled.

Gray chased her uncle through the car wash parking lot trying to stab him, she said.

Her uncle was able to get away unharmed.

She said Gray got back in his car and drove off - with all of her uncle’s cash.

“My uncle just got paid -- that was all his rent money, his water bill, everything," she said, “and the cops pretty much told us we’ll never get that back."

She said they were able to get a good look at the suspect’s face.

The description they gave police was enough for officers to him him.

Now, even though all of her uncle’s money was stolen, she said she is relieved Gray was caught before he has a chance to pull over another car pretending to be an officer.

“It sucks that he stole money,” she said. “I’m just glad nobody got stabbed or anything.”

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