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Oakland Police Impostor Arrested With FN 303 Riot Gun

May 23, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of FBI.
Photo courtesy of FBI.
The FBI's San Francisco office is seeking the public's help in providing information about a 21-year-old Oakland man who carried fake law enforcement identification, an FN 303 riot-control gun, and a semi-auto handgun.

Max Joseph Plog-Horowitz, who was arrested last year for impersonating a federal agent, is back in custody, after he violated his parole by possessing the FN 303.

Hayward Police officers initially arrested Plog-Horowitz almost a year ago, on July 23, and recovered false government identification and other forged law enforcement documents. He was convicted of impersonating a federal officer earlier this year, on March 25, and sentenced to nine months of probation.

While serving his supervised probation, Plog-Horowitz obtained the less-lethal FN 303, a handgun, and other law enforcement paraphernalia such as fake badges and identification, according to the FBI. Federal agents arrested Plog-Horowitz at his Oakland home May 16. He will appear in federal court on June 24.

Plog-Horowitz is described as a white male, 5-foot-4-inches tall, and about 120 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. He is known to drive a white, 2012 Ford F-250 truck with California license plate 04507B1 that had markings, including emergency lighting, which made it appear to be a law enforcement vehicle. He has also been known by the name Max Heartmann.

Julianne Sohn, an FBI spokeswoman, told Policemag.com the FBI is advising the public to seek verification from officers that make contact with them wearing conspicuous clothing or say they represent unusual agencies.

"We want to make sure that when people are pulled over by someone who says they are a law enforcement officer, people can verify that," Sohn said. "If doesn't hurt to ask for verification from someone with an agency you're not familiar with."


Comments (5)

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SignalSeven @ 5/24/2013 7:11 AM

First of all, who is writing this story? It states first he was arrested July 23 (WHAT YEAR?) and then convicted on May 25 (tommorrow? Again, what year?) This leads me to believe it was nearly 2 years ago...Then it states he was arrest at his Oakland home May 16...and he WILL appear June 24th? How do they know he WILL appear? Then why are they asking the public's help to locate him? Anyway..sorry to be picky..its just confusing...hope this little weasel pulls over the wrong person and gets thumped....another victim of little weenie syndrome...

WebEdPaul @ 5/24/2013 9:41 AM

@SignalSeven Fair point, the chronology wasn't laid out well. I've just re-edited it, so let me know if the new version works better for you.

Duke Holtzman @ 5/24/2013 4:31 PM

He is going to stop a real, or retired, cop one day and will bite off more than he can chew! At five feet four it should be aparent that he is not a real cop as I know of no police agency with regulations alowing a hire at that size. Happy hunting!!

don moore @ 5/24/2013 7:07 PM

or worse yet, he's going to stop someone who's going to kill him thinking he is a real cop.

Sabre @ 5/26/2013 1:02 PM

@ Duke - I hate to break this to you but the ADA which was passed 20+ years ago prohibits that hiring practice. We have officers that size, and smaller, and have for years. Hopefully this wanna be's overall lack of job knowledge will get him caught.

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