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Home invasion suspect, officer impersonator captured

(Source: Columbus Police Department) (Source: Columbus Police Department)
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By Mackenzie Patterson

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police say they have arrested a man that dressed up as a Muscogee County Sheriff's correctional officer invaded a home in the Green Island Hills community Thursday leaving a neighborhood scared and startled. 

Binkeve Walton is currently in police custody. Investigators tell us Walton also tried to enter a home in Garrett Pines off Lynch Road in Midland but was not successful.

Police say they have multiple felony warrants on Walton.

Residents on Lullwater Road in Green Island Hills describe their community as peaceful and quiet, but images of this man are now burned in their minds.  Wayne Kennedy lives on Lullwater Road.  He said he is shocked by the invasion.

"It was really scary.  It's more so than anything else I can think of because you just seem to trust those automatically and never think about them being an invader or something," said Kennedy.

Police say the image is Walton dressed as if he is a correctional officer complete with black polo, khaki pants, a gun holster, handcuffs, and armed with a handgun.

On Thursday morning, police say the suspect knocked on a woman's door in Green Island Hills, saying he was a correctional officer looking for an escaped fugitive.

She allowed him into her house. That is when police say she realized something was wrong.  She barricaded herself and children in a room. Police say the suspect stole items from the home. 

For Cynthia Bagwell, a neighbor of the victim, hearing about this incident startled her.

"Terrifying.  Absolutely terrifying.  You trust people that are in uniform and you open the door for them," said Bagwell.

Bagwell hopes her neighbor is okay and hopes they will all be looking out for each other, even more now.

"Pay attention to a lot of people that are not normally in the area.  We should know who our neighbors are and what they drive and report anything that looks out of the ordinary."

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