GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – An Easley man was arrested for pretending to be a law enforcement officer in order to rob a victim of cash.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office charged 44-year-old Jerry Jacob Nabors with kidnapping, strong-armed robbery and impersonating a police officer.
Deputies initiated an investigation on April 4th after receiving a report that Nabors approached the victim on the 200 block of Old Grove Road claiming to be an officer.
Nabors was described as wearing plain clothes with a “badge” around his neck, deputies said.
The victim told deputies that Nabors threatened to take him to jail when he was unable to present a driver’s license.
Deputies said Nabors coerced the victim to ride with him to the bank where the victim was forced to withdraw money.
“He (Nabors) asked that person for a driver’s license, when they said they didn’t have one Mr. Nabors threatened to take them to jail unless he received $300,” Public information officer for the Greenville County Sheriff’s office Ryan Flood said. “So, he actually coerced the victim to get into the vehicle with him, drove him to an atm and was able to get some money from the victim.”
A witness who helped translate for the victim said they had no reason to believe Nabors’ badge was not real but she says once the victim gave him the money she got suspicious.
“I was kind of wondering why money so I went to my dad’s house and told him about it and he said you need to call the police because no police should be asking for money and that’s when I started noticing little by little.” Resident of Welcome Creek Mobile Home Park Ana Cruz said.
Investigators learned that Nabors approached several other residents under similar circumstances.
He was reportedly seen in the area wearing a uniform according to officials.
“We received information that in this case Mr. Nabors may or may not have worked as a bounty hunter at some point in time so that might be the particular badge that he was representing himself as a law enforcement officer with and we also were informed he has some sort of uniform,” Flood said.
Nabors was arrested by the Pickens City Police Department before he was transferred to Greenville County on a $30,000 bond.
He remains in custody on an unrelated hold from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone that may be a victim of the same or similar circumstances should call the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 271-5210.