A psychological evaluation was ordered for a Queens man accused of impersonating a cop after he made several outbursts in court Saturday.
David Nourmand, 32, of Forest Hills, interrupted his arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead several times -- at one point saying he wanted to plead guilty.
Nourmand is charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor, and third-degree robbery, a felony.DataLI crime stats
He is accused of using his vehicle at about 1:20 a.m. Friday to force a taxi with passengers to pull over on Wolver Hollow Road in Upper Brookville.
Prosecutors said Nourmand told the driver he was a police officer, and demanded identification from everyone inside the cab, telling them, "We are looking for a killer."
When the people in the cab asked to see Nourmand's identification, he fled, police said.
At about 1:30 a.m., police said Nourmand grabbed a woman's cellphone while she was taking pictures with it outside Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury.
Police said Nourmand ran away and was arrested when he returned later to the hotel.
In court, Nourmand spoke over his public defender and asked to enter a guilty plea, then demanded the names of the people in the cab and owner of the cellphone.
Judge Robert Pipia rejected Nourmand's request to plead guilty and ordered the evaluation.
Bail was set at $7,500 cash or $15,000 bond. Nourmand is due back in court May 27.