Accused police impersonator arrested again in VA for attempted abduction, impersonation

LEBANON, Va. (WJHL) - A man who was arrested in Tennessee earlier this year for allegedly impersonating a wildlife agent is now facing charges of impersonation and attempted abduction in Virginia. 

Bobby Reece Rachel, 73 of Bristol, Va., was arrested on November 13 by the Russell County Sheriff's Office in Virginia. 

The sheriff's office says Reece was jailed after using a blue light to pull over a vehicle. It is unclear what happened during the alleged hoax traffic stop, but investigators say the people he pulled over became suspicious and reported the incident to authorities. 

Russell County deputies caught up with Reece's vehicle, pulled him over, and took him jail on charges of attempted abduction and impersonation. 

Back in September, Rachel was arrested by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee for impersonating a wildlife agent. According to the sheriff's office, he intimidated juveniles swimming in South Holston lake while wearing a police badge and displaying a gun. Deputies later arrested him and found flashing red and blue lights in his truck along with a gun, police badge, police-style radio, and “wildlife” stickers. The sheriff's office charged him with aggravated assault and criminal impersonation. 

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Rachel was released from Sullivan County jail after posting a $3,000 bond.

According to Russell County General District Court, he was released from jail in Virginia on $2,500 bond, but must wear a GPS tracker and refrain from having any guns in his home or possessing any police equipment. 

He is due in court in both Russell County and Sullivan County on January 23.


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