Men posing as police officers broke into a Texas City apartment Tuesday morning, demanding money from a resident before taking a cellphone and fleeing, police said.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. at the Stoneridge Apartments, 1115 state Highway 146 in Texas City.

A resident of one of the apartments was awakened by a knock at the front door, police said. When the resident opened the door, an African-American man identified himself as a police officer and said he had received a call about a domestic dispute.

The man asked to check inside the apartment. After that, the resident was confronted by a second African-American man with a gun, police said

The men forced their way into the apartment and demanded money. They rummaged through the apartment, and then fled, taking the resident’s cellphone.

When police arrived at the complex, they found a second resident who said the men also knocked on his door. The second resident said he was armed with a handgun and asked for the men’s identification. One of the men “flashed an ID” and briefly looked inside the apartment, then left.

The man dressed as a police officer was described as about 5-feet, 4-inches tall, with a short, manicured beard. He was wearing a dark shirt with a police badge embroidered on the upper chest and the word “POLICE” printed on the back. The man also had what appeared to be a police badge hanging on a chain around his neck.

The second man was wearing a beige or tan hoodie, police said.

The men fled the complex in a dark SUV.

Police asked anyone with information about the men to contact the Texas City Police Department at 409-643-5720 or the Mainland Communities Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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