Military-obsessed man accused of pretending to be a dog squad officer and illegally detaining two 15-year-old boys faces court
- A man has faced court accused of impersonating police and military officers
- Dominic Fox appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court facing litany of offences
- Police allege he has a long history of detaining people in Brisbane and Gympie
- A search of his home found an array of military-style gear and police badges
- Endangered animals were also located at the 36-year-old’s Queensland home
A Queensland man who allegedly pretended he was a police officer to detain teenagers has fronted court.
Dominic Fox, 36, was charged with a string of offences after investigators were made aware of a video of him allegedly detaining two 15-year-old boys while identifying himself as a member of the police dog squad.
Police allege it was not an isolated incident and that Fox has carried out similar interactions across Brisbane and Gympie over three years.
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Dominic Fox, 36, faced court on Monday accused of impersonating a police officer
The Queensland man allegedly impersonated police and military to detain teenagers, the court heard
They discovered the footage on October 10 and executed a search warrant at his home shortly after.
‘A number of items where located including tactical clothing, weapons, holsters, military-style clothing and police service patches from a number of different organisations,’ Queensland Police said.
Officers also found ‘several endangered animals’ at the property.
‘Further investigations revealed a number of incidents where the man allegedly identified himself as a police officer and detained people,’ Queensland Police said.
These allegations stretch as far back as 2017.
Fox faced two counts of assuming the designation of a police officer and one count of falsely representing to be a returned soldier, at Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.
Queensland Police said tactical clothing, weapons, holsters, military-style clothing and police service patches from a number of different organisations were located after a search warrant was executed
Fox is pictured alongside a German Sheppard dog wearing a black uniform with a badge that reads patrol
‘He has also been charged with 15 counts of deprivation of liberty, four counts of common assault, two counts of possessing restricted items and one count each of threatening violence and unlawfully possessing a weapon,’ Queensland Police said.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife, along with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are now also investigating where the endangered animals came from.
Fox’s social media accounts show him wearing military-style gear and police uniforms.
His Facebook bio says ‘the only easy day was yesterday’ – a mantra commonly associated with the US Navy SEALs.
Police are appealing to anyone who may have had similar interactions to come forward.
‘If you are in a position that you are unsure if the person you are dealing with is a police officer, you can request their name, rank and registered number to confirm who you were dealing with,’ Queensland Police said.
Fox’s social media accounts show him wearing military-style gear and police uniforms and his Facebook bio says ‘the only easy day was yesterday’ – a mantra commonly associated with the US Navy SEALs
A cache of badges were found at Fox’s home, along with military-style gear (pictured)