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Police say man impersonated officer in New Port Richey hotel stickup

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 39-year-old man was arrested Sunday on charges he claimed to be a police officer and robbed another man at gunpoint.

New Port Richey police responded at 3:42 p.m. Sunday to the Ramada Inn Bayside, 5015 U.S. 19, in response to a call about drug use.

A man there told police that Richard Dewitt Miller Jr. pulled a .22-caliber Beretta handgun on him and claimed he was a police officer, according to the New Port Richey police report.

Then Miller took the man's wallet and gold chain, the report said. The man told police Miller tried to pull the trigger, but the gun wouldn't fire. The man pulled the magazine clip from the gun and saw that it wasn't loaded, the report said.

Police then searched the hotel room where Miller was staying and found the gun under carpeting, the report said. Miller refused to give the officers his name or cooperate during the investigation, the report said.

Miller was arrested on charges of obstructing police, falsely impersonating a law enforcement officer and armed robbery, and is being held in lieu of $161,500 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Police say man impersonated officer in New Port Richey hotel stickup 06/08/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 8, 2009 9:05pm]
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