If you'e going to impersonate cops, you need to go all the way.
Badges, sure. But you also want to have the total mise en scène right. Cops investigating a scene tend to leave their roof party lights flashing, right? Well, if your vehicle doesn't have any such lights -- and let's face it, it probably doesn't -- you improvise.
Leave the dome light on by having the car door ajar as you walk up to the house. Looks about the same, right?
That's apparently what Thaddeus Neil Guillory, 33, and Anthony Jermaine Manuel, 24, felt. And let's give them points for trying.
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Unfortunately, an actual HPD cruiser happened to drive by the house in which they were attempting to rob a woman by imitating cops, and the actual cop wondered what the hell a car was doing in the middle of the street with the dome light on and the door open.
Guillory and Manuel looked out the window and saw the officer, police say, and took off out the back door of the home in the 16300 block of Vallejo Drive about 4 a.m. Sunday.
They were chased through the far southwest Houston neighborhood and eventually captured, wearing the gold badges which had been the piece de resistance of their semi-sophisticated disguise.
"As responding HPD patrol vehicles pursued them, one of the suspects fired a shot at the officers, but no one was struck," HPD says, and that was a bad move because now they've been charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer in addition to attempted robbery.