DIX HILLS, New York, November 13
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
An 18-year-old was arrested Nov. 6 after responding to a domestic incident while pretending to be a police officer.
On Sept. 15, Suffolk County police said, 18-year-old Max Sapirman responded to a domestic incident at a Dix Hills residence. Sapirman’s girlfriend’s mother allegedly told the couple that he was a police officer, and he showed up that night to the couple’s home to ease the situation. The next night, Sapirman contacted the wife and informed her that he had to enter her home once again to question her and her husband; he did just that. Then, on Sept. 20, Sapirman visited the residence for questioning one final time, police said.
But last week, the wife found out that Sapirman is not a Suffolk County police officer, and never has been. He was arrested on Nov. 6 at his Deer Park home and charged with three counts of criminal impersonation in the second degree.
According to police, Sapirman twice ordered the husband to leave the Dix Hill premises for the night and asked the wife if she wanted to have her husband arrested multiple times – she declined.
Police said they recovered a T-shirt, a baseball hat and long sleeve shirt with the Suffolk County Police Department’s patch and insignia from Sapirman’s home; these were not standard issue articles of clothing for Suffolk police officers.
Sapirman was held overnight at the Second Precinct Nov. 6 and was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday.
Sapirman did not return requests for comment before press time Monday.
The investigation is ongoing. Police are asking for any others who may have been fooled by Sapirman to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, November 13, 2014; A7)