Subscribe for 33¢ / day

CROWN POINT — A 48-year-old Chicago man is accused of flashing a phony police badge and a handgun during a parking dispute Sunday in Lake Station.

Reginald Oglesby was charged Monday in Lake Criminal Court with two counts of intimidation, impersonation of a public servant and carrying a handgun without a license.

Oglesby is accused of identifying himself as an off-duty police officer from Dolton, Illinois, during a parking dispute Sunday at TA Truck Stop, 1201 Ripley Street in Lake Station, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Two truck drivers told police Oglesby ordered them to move their semitrailer, and when they refused, he flashed a police badge at them and placed his hand on a holstered gun, the affidavit states.

The truck drivers, suspicious of the gun, called the police. 

A New Chicago police officer said Oglesby showed him what appeared to be a police badge and an “extremely worn” police commission card from the City of Dolton, the affidavit states.

The officer learned from Dolton Police Department Oglesby was not employed by the city, and his badge number was nonexistent, the affidavit states.

Oglesby also was not licensed to carry a gun in Indiana, the affidavit states.

Oglesby was placed under arrest and his vehicle was inventoried, the affidavit states.

The officer found a flashing red-and-blue light affixed to his front windshield, two fake magnetic police antennas and several boxes of ammunition, the affidavit states.

Oglesby posted a $5,000 bond Tuesday, according to court records.

A court hearing has not yet been scheduled, records state.

Subscribe to Daily Headlines

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.