Suspended Perth Amboy police chief charged with impersonating police officer

A suspended police chief has been charged with trespassing and impersonating a police officer.

Perth Amboy Police Chief Benjamin Ruiz in a previous interview with News 12 New Jersey. Ruiz was charged Tuesday with impersonating a police officer.

Perth Amboy Police Chief Benjamin Ruiz in a previous interview with News 12 New Jersey. Ruiz was charged Tuesday with impersonating a police officer. (5/31/16)

PERTH AMBOY - A suspended police chief has been charged with trespassing and impersonating a police officer.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office says that Benjamin Ruiz was seen hiding outside of a convenience store on Smith Street on multiple occasions spanning a three-month period, watching an unidentified neighbor.

When the store employees asked what he was doing outside the store, he told them that he was a police officer.

However, investigators say that Ruiz was not working in an official police capacity.

Ruiz has been suspended since 2014 after he was charged with theft for allegedly using the police department’s mechanic to repair his personal vehicle.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

One of the tickets was sold at the 1 Winning lottery tickets sold in New Jersey
Collection agencies working for the IRS may call 2 Consumer Alert: IRS collections
The water line feeds many homes and business 3 Water main break in Kearny affects Bayonne
Multiple injuries reported following bus accident in East 4 Multiple injuries reported following bus accident in East Brunswick
A new United Way ALICE report has found 5 Report: 37% of NJ households can’t afford basic needs

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Perth Amboy police chief Benjamin Ruiz has been Perth Amboy police chief arrested

Perth Amboy Police Chief Benjamin Ruiz has been arrested and charged with theft after allegedly

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE