A Rosepine man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer and exploiting elderly citizens.

Donnie Patrick Russell was arrested on October 2 and charged with one count of impersonation of a peace officer and two counts of exploitation of the infirmed (aged person).

According to an official complaint, Russell allegedly befriended elderly citizens and told them that he was an undercover narcotics officer investigating drug crimes in the area. He would then coerce the victims into giving him money to assist in his “investigations.”

Russell allegedly took the citizens to their banks and got them to make withdrawals from their accounts to give him the cash he asked for.

He also would take the victims cell phones, claiming he needed it for “evidence.”

It was discovered that Russell was using the money to buy narcotics. He told the victims that this was part of the “investigation.”

Multiple victims noted that while they were suspicious, they feared for their safety. One victim indicated that Russell had taken approximately $7500 from them.

“This type of behavior will not be tolerated and the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office will continue to aggressively investigate all allegations of abuse involving our elderly citizens.” VPSO Sheriff Sam Craft said.

Craft praised the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force for their work investigating the case.

Russell is being held on a $5000 bond for the impersonation of an officer charge, no bond has been set for the exploitation of the infirmed charges. Russell remains in the Vernon Parish Jail.

This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.