Calgary, AB,

Man charged with robbery and police impersonation

The Calgary Police Service has officially charged a man in connection with multiple robberies that occurred in Calgary.

Between Saturday, March 25, 2017, and Monday, June 5, 2017, it is alleged that a man met three different women online with the intent to rob them. In each instance, when the victim and man met in person, he falsely identified himself as a police officer and told the victims they were under arrest for various offences. He then produced a false search warrant in an attempt to gain compliance and made efforts to restrain the women.

The offender wore a black vest that said “POLICE” in large letters underneath a jacket and in the most recent offence, it is believed he was wearing a belt that was holding a flashlight, baton and gun.

Investigators believe that the same offender committed similar offences in other Canadian cities and was arrested earlier this week in British Columbia.

Asif Ali CHOUDHRY, 33, of Sechelt, B.C., has been charged by way of warrants with two counts of robbery and three counts each of forcible confinement and police impersonation. CHOUDHRY is currently in custody in B.C., and will be transported to Alberta later this week to face his charges.

Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance with this investigation.

Case #17232660/4252