BREAKING: Dog's Bluff trooper impersonator apprehended in Kennett

Richard O. Jenkins, 35, of Campbell, who is accused of impersonating a state trooper while he held two victims at gunpoint earlier this year at the Piney River public access at Dog’s Bluff, faces three felony charges.

Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson said Jenkins faces two counts of felonious restraint and one count of armed criminal action. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of false impersonation of a police officer.

Jenkins is being held at the Texas County Jail with a $30,000 bond.

Jenkins eluded authorities until Thursday, when he was apprehended at Kennett. A transport officer brought him back to Texas County on Friday.

On April 3, Jenkins reportedly approached two men around 2:30 a.m. and held them at gunpoint with a small handgun, claiming he was trooper. Two hours passed before the men, after asking for Jenkins’ badge number, left.

Watson said Jenkins, who faces multiple felony charges, followed the men to a residence and remained for about 5 minutes. One of the victim’s wives later identified Jenkins from a photo lineup. He was last seen heading north toward Fort Leonard Wood.

Watson said Jenkins had the men empty their pockets at one point, but did not steal anything or abuse them.

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