Impersonation of an Officer in Las Vegas

Man Allegedly Impersonates Officer, Faces Multiple Felony Charges

A Vegas man is facing multiple charges after allegedly performing illicit acts while posing as a police officer. Mark Picozzi, 48, was charged with impersonating a police officer, four counts of sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping, and numerous other offenses.Police first became aware of his impersonation when his first victim was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The woman then claimed she worked for an escort service, and had been sexually assaulted by a man claiming to be a Las Vegas police officer. This prompted an investigation that subsequently resulted in another woman coming forward with allegations that the man badgered her into sexual activity by threatening to arrest her for prostitution.

In the first incident, the victim reportedly met Picozzi at the Cosmopolitan, where he identified himself as a police officer and then forced himself upon her. On the second occasion, the alleged victim met Picozzi at the MGM Signature Hotel, where he pulled a gold badge from his pocket. The woman claims she began crying because she thought she was going to be arrested. According to her statement, he then jotted her information down and then pocketed $2,000 from the room’s safe before convincing her to perform oral sex on him.

The defendant in this case also has an active warrant in New York on charges of robbery, and has numerous other arrests as well. Police are urging anyone else who may have been a victim of his acts to contact their sexual assault division at 702-828-3421 or call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.