Felon accused of impersonating police arrested in Illinois

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A Colorado man who allegedly pretended to be an officer from various San Juan County law enforcement agencies faces new charges after being arrested in Illinois.

Aaron Wells, 29, of Cortez, Colorado, is facing charges in two criminal cases for three counts of impersonating a peace officer, resisting an officer and concealing identity, according to court records.

He is accused of impersonating an Aztec Police Department officer and also a member of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office gang task force unit, according to court documents.

Aaron Wells

Wells also claimed to be an active member of the Marine Corps, telling a San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective that he attended boot camp at a facility in North Carolina that does not exist.

The warrant for Wells was issued on Aug. 1.

Wells was arrested in Quincy, Illinois near the Missouri and Illinois state line on Aug. 6, according to Quincy Police Department Lt. Jeff Nevin.

The suspect was arrested at the Eagles Nest Hotel after the Quincy Police Department received a tip from a New Mexico agency, according to Nevin.

Nevin said Wells is facing new charges including a felony count of obstruction of justice and a misdemeanor count of resisting a peace officer.

Wells was booked into the Adams County Jail in Quincy where he remains in custody.

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