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Cops: Queens man stole cellphone, claimed to be a police officer

David Nourmand, 32, of Forest Hills, is charged

David Nourmand, 32, of Forest Hills, is charged with Robbery 3rd Degree and Criminal Impersonation 2nd Degree, police said. He will be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Credit: NCPD

A man who stole a woman's cellphone and earlier had pretended to be a police officer was arrested at a Westbury hotel on Friday, Nassau police said.

Police said David Nourmand, 32, of 102-50 67th Rd., Forest Hills, Queens, forcibly stole a woman's cellphone outside the Viana Hotel & Spa at 3998 Brush Hollow Rd. in Westbury at 1:30 a.m. Friday and ran away. The hotel manager reviewed video surveillance and identified him as a hotel guest. When Nourmand returned to the hotel at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, the hotel manager called police and they arrested Nourmand, police said.

A further investigation by detectives showed that shortly before stealing the cellphone early Friday morning, Nourmand used his vehicle to force a taxi cab with customers inside to pull over on WolverHollow Road in Upper Brookville, police said. Nourmand got out, approached the taxi, told the driver he was a police officer, and demanded identification from everyone inside the cab, telling them that "We are looking for a killer."

When the people in the cab asked to see his identification, he ran back to his vehicle and drove away, police said.

Nourmand is charged with third-degree robbery and second-degree criminal impersonation, police said. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday.

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