HOUSTON—A Houston man who pretended to be a University of Houston police officer when he approached a woman and demanded her keys on February 7 has been sentenced to six months in state jail.
Norwood Joseph Johnson, 27, pleaded guilty to charges of impersonating a public servant.
According to campus police, a woman had pulled into a campus parking lot on Calhoun around 2:50 a.m. when Johnson walked up to her car and told her she was not allowed to park in that spot.
Johnson allegedly asked the woman if she was a student at the university and she, in turn, asked him why he was inquiring.
He then told the woman that he was a University of Houston police officer, then demanded her keys, but she refused.
Johnson then walked to the back of her car and pretended to be “calling in” her license plate number, according to police.
The woman called the cops on her own to report the incident, and kept Johnson in her sight until they arrived.
Johnson first gave officers various fictitious names, before confessing. He admitted that he did pretend to be a UH cop and asked for the woman’s keys.