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New Jersey Man Accused Of Impersonating Police Officer And Sexual Assault

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TRENTON, N.J. -

A New Jersey man accused of impersonating a cop is facing a long list of charges, including sexual assault.

Trenton police say Gustavo Garcia,54, was carrying a radio, a police badge, a handgun, and said he was a cop. 

"That's awful. You can't open your door unless you know who it is,” said Trenton resident Dinah Hardy.

Hardy heard the news that one of her Trenton neighbors allegedly violently sexually assaulted a clerk inside a store on the 800 block of Broad Street around 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

According to authorities, Garcia posed as an officer and forced the woman into a rear bathroom and assaulted her. He was able to escape.

However, less than 12 hours later, Garcia was arrested off of the Delaware-Raritan Canal jogging path.

"He was a nice guy that's the part that gets me. I have spent a lot of time with this guy in close quarters,” said Trenton resident Tammy Wright.

Wright knows Garcia. She says she worked closely with him on a Trenton mayoral campaign earlier this year. At times, she spent hours with him alone. Now, he faces 4 counts of sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, impersonating an officer, and other related charges.

"I am shocked. I got to say I'm totally shocked because he was soft spoken like I said it was a period of time when we literally grabbed hands and prayed in prayer and he ended the prayer. I thought he was a church going guy,” she said.

Garcia is being held on a half-million dollar bond. It's not the first time he's been in trouble, 3 years ago he was convicted of stealing money from church poor boxes.

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