Man indicted for impersonating cop, stealing gun, in attempt to get pain meds


A Hope, Ark., man was indicted last week by a Bowie County grand jury for impersonating a police officer and for theft of a firearm.

Leslie Cobb, 51, allegedly got kicked out of the pain management program at Health Care Express on Richmond Road in Texarkana, Texas, because he submitted a urine specimen which tested positively for methamphetamine, according to a probable cause affidavit. On Oct. 28, Cobb allegedly showed up at the urgent care center dressed in the attire of a police officer.

Cobb reportedly told clinic staff that he was working undercover for Miller and Hempstead County, Ark., and that his positive drug screen was a result of his police work. An employee of Health Care Express contacted Texarkana, Texas, police.

When they arrived, the officers noticed Cobb was wearing a hat with “sheriff” on it, a gold badge with the word “police” on it and a shirt with a patch from the Lewisville, Ark., police department. Cobb could not answer when a Texarkana, Texas, officer asked him which law enforcement agency holds his commission.

Cobb was asked to place his hands on his head so officers could safely retrieve a chrome .38 caliber revolver from a nylon holster on Cobb’s waist. The gun had been reported stolen by a Hempstead County resident.

If found guilty of theft of a firearm, Cobb could be sentenced to six months to two years in a state jail. Impersonating a public servant is punishable by two to ten years in prison. Cobb’s case has been assigned to 202nd District Judge Leon Pesek, Jr.

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