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Man accused of police impersonation

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 26-year-old man was jailed Friday for allegedly impersonating a police officer at two Snellville stores.

Authorities said a white man came to the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 3435 Centerville Highway claiming to be a police officer responding to a call for security.

Employees noted that the man didn't appear to be a police officer. He was wearing a white shirt, black pants, tie and a baseball cap with a hair net over it, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The man then allegedly showed employees a handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants in an effort to prove he was a policeman. The employees told the man no one called the police and he was not needed. The suspect left the store driving a yellow sport utility vehicle.

The employees were able to write down the Georgia license plate number, which they reported to police.

An officer who was searching the area saw the offender's SUV parked at the Kroger at Ga. Highway 124 and Everson Road. The officer walked up in time to see the suspect tap on the store window, motioning to an employee inside, Moloney said. The suspect then reportedly lifted his shirt, exposing a handgun.

Employees inside the Kroger stated that the man was signaling "five-zero" with his hands and telling them he needed to use the phone. Five-zero is "Hollywood jargon" for a police officer, because it was a code used by law enforcement on the West Coast. It means nothing in Gwinnett, Moloney said.

Richard Brantley Kuchek of Snellville was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon and a felony charge of impersonating an officer. A pat-down of Kuchek revealed the Glock semiautomatic handgun he had been flashing around was actually a BB gun replica.

"The offender told officers that he suffered from ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and anxiety, and that what he had done was stupid," Moloney said.

Kuchek was released from the Gwinnett County Detention Center less than 24 hours after his arrest on $2,400 bond.