COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A security guard was arrested on a Loop CTA platform for flashing his fake badge at real police, prosecutors said.
Joshua Perva, 19, of the 4800 block of West Diversey Avenue in Belmont Cragin, was arrested and charged with impersonating a peace officer and trespassing on CTA property.
Prosecutors said Perva drew the attention of actual cops Monday afternoon, when he remained standing on the platform after multiple trains had passed going in both directions.
When an officer from a Chicago Police canine unit walked over to him, Perva flashed a badge clipped to his pants and said he was with the Cook County Sheriff's Department, prosecutors said.
Unconvinced, the officer asked to see Perva's identification, prosecutors said. Perva couldn't produce an ID and admitted to the officer that he was not a cop but did work as a security guard at the Dollar Store.
He also said "he always says he is a sheriff," prosecutors said.
Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. set Perva's bail at $100,000 Tuesday during a brief court hearing.