Tuesday, 29 June 2010 16:59
Print

 Just when you think you've heard it all, along comes a new angle in a strange story.

This news report from WOAI.com details the arrest of who police investigators identified as Joe Luis Gonzales, 46. According to police reports, Gonzales told apartment managers at the Artisan at Salado Creek Apartments off of Binz-Engleman Road that he was a patrol officer with the Bexar County Sheriff's Department.

Police says Gonzales was trying to take advantage of the common practice of (legitimate) law enforcement officers often getting a break on rent if they agree to act as security at their apartment complex.

WOAI reported that was exactly what Gonzales was

 trying to do. Gonzales had been living there for free since March and was supposed to be guarding the complex. The manager said Gonzales even had a badge and gun and said he started with the sheriff's office in 1992.

Perhaps even more bizarre is the fact that Gonzales - according to several music industry artists - also leads his own Tex-Mex music group - Jo Jo and the Latin Fever Band - that has played in area bars such as Club Movida and the Cadillac Bar.

Check this link of story and photos Joe Gonzales at WOAI: Man caught impersonating law officer 

Check this  Jo Jo and The Latin Fever Band  photos of Joe Gonzalez at JinaInk.com.

Apparently Gonzales managed to pull off the stunt for a while but apartment managers got suspicious when they found out he was asking for money from residents and never showed up for apartment meetings. Gonzales has now been evicted from the apartment and remains behind bars on charges of impersonating a peace officer.

Bexar County Sheriff's investigators are now trying to find out if Gonzales has done this before. They also want to know where he got the deputy uniforms and badge.

News 4 WOAI did some checking into Gonzales criminal record. He's been arrested in the past for theft, DWI, and breaking into a home.

WOAI also provided helpful details on how to spot impersonators and/or confirm that they are who they say they are.

WOAI: To find out how to spot a phony law enforcement officer from a real one, check out their badge. There's no fool-proof way of identifying an imposter, but experts say impersonators tend to go for outdated, generic badges and uniforms.

Typically, uniforms consists of two shoulder patches, which are identical. The badges, whether it's embroidered or made of metal, will have a badge number and a last name of the officer or deputy. If you're still not sure, don't be afraid to ask. "If you're not satisfied looking at my badge, I'm supposed to show you my official credential from the sheriff's office," explains Chief Deputy Dale Bennett.

By law, law enforcement agents are required to carry their credentials, and many have a phone number you can call to verify their employment. Here's a list: Alamo Heights Police Department: 822-3321; Balcones Heights Police Department: 735-9148; Bexar County Sheriff's Department: 335-6301; Castle Hills Police Department: 342-2341; Elmendorf Police Department: 635-8710;‎ Grey Forest Police Department: 684-1011‎; Hill Country Village Police Department: 494-3671; Leon Springs Police Department: 270-6000‎; Live Oak Police Department: 653-0033‎; Olmos Park Police Department: 824-3281; San Antonio Police Department: 207-7273; Shavano Park Police Department: 493-3478‎; Terrell Hills Police Department: 824-7401‎; Windcrest Police Department: 655-2666‎.