Authorities seek phony police officer who took car from teens in W. Toledo

By Joshua Benton
Blade Staff Writer

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Toledo police have released a composite sketch of a suspect being sought for a carjacking Sunday night in West Toledo.

Police said two teenagers were sitting in a car in the parking lot of Fairgreen Lutheran Church, 3220 West Laskey Rd., about 10:45 p.m. when a man claiming to be a police officer opened the front left door and demanded that the driver turn the car over to him.

The teenagers asked to see the man’s badge and tried to drive away when he didn’t produce one.

But the man jumped onto the door frame, punched the driver, and forced the passenger into the back seat.

The man drove them to a gas station at Laskey and Secor roads and let them out after threatening to arrest them. He then drove off.

About two hours later, police saw the car traveling on Highland Avenue. When the driver turned without using his signal, he was stopped.

The driver, Lawrence Fagan, of 3202 Parkwood Ave., told officers he had just bought the car from another man – the suspect in the carjacking – on Maplewood Avenue for $100. Mr. Fagan was taken into custody and charged with receiving stolen property along with several traffic offenses.

The suspect in the carjacking is described by both the teenagers and Mr. Fagan as being about 28 years old, with light brown hair and red shorts. The teenagers said he was wearing a red shirt; Mr. Fagan said it was white. Anyone with information about the car jacking is asked to call the Crime Stopper program.