If you said impersonating a police officer to meet Hooters waitresses, you have a gift. Nicholas M. Fuhst, 18, went into a Hooters in Kochville Township, Michigan and said that he was an undercover cop in need for reviewing the background information of various waitresses. They gave him the information but also gave the real police a call. Fuhst has now pleaded no contest to impersonating a police officer.
After looking over the list of employees, Fuhst asked for more information on some of the employees. Police said that Fuhst told them that he wanted to talk to the girls to see if they would be friends on Facebook.
After police came to arrest Fuhst, they found knives, lighter fluid, zip ties and the list of Hooters employees; on which he had circled several names. Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Albosta said that this evidence shows that “…there were some dark thoughts going through his mind.” It is not clear what Albosta is basing that statement on in terms of actual evidence. Fuhst has not been charged with a conspiracy to commit any such crime. Public statements of prosecutors like Albosta can raise serious issues of due process and make the selection of a jury most difficult. It would be unfair for a prosecutor to tell the public that Fuhst was intending something “dark” but not charge him with some an act. He was charged with an impersonation charge and a misdemeanor count of disturbing workers.
Impersonating a police officer is a felony charge and carries a maximum sentence of four years. However, as a third-time habitual offender, Fuhst could face a doubling of his time.