A Zion man is facing felony charges after authorities say he tried to buy a gun at a gun store while impersonating a police officer.
Marquise C. Lewis, 21, of the 2700 block of Hebron Avenue in Zion, was arrested and charged with false personation of a peace officer, which is a class 4 felony.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was called at 6:15 p.m. Monday to 5 Star Firearms, 41666 North Sheridan Road in unincorporated Zion, for a suspicious circumstance report.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that employees called police after Lewis came into their store to try to buy a gun and identified himself as a police officer. He showed the employees a police badge but they became suspicious and called the police, Covelli said.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and confirmed Lewis was not a police officer. He was arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail.
Lewis appeared in court Tuesday morning and has since been released on a $25,000 recognizance bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on July 11.