Jury Gives Ex-Con 90 Years For Posing As Officer
TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – He was convicted of murder in Dallas County nearly 30 years ago and served his time; now a jury has sentenced Raul Alvarez-Mijan to 90 years in prison for a different kind of crime.
Alvarez-Mijan was accused and convicted on January 16 of Impersonating a Public Servant. Prosecutors alleged that during the summer of 2010, Alvarez-Mijan offered a woman walking in Fort Worth a ride. When the woman refused he flashed a badge, told her he was a police officer and threatened to take her to jail if she didn’t have sex with him. The woman didn’t go for it and kept walking, but later told her fiancé and called police.
When officers found Alvarez-Mijan, near the scene of the incident, he had a fake handgun, walkie-talkie type radio and a wallet containing a badge in his possession.
Assistant District Attorney Lisa Callaghan called Alvarez-Mijan a “brutal predator” and said, “He made a habit of preying on the vulnerable. We thank the jury for their insight and hard work in putting him away.”
After finding Alvarez-Mijan guilty, jurors preparing to determine his punishment were allowed to hear about the 62-year-old’s previous convictions and pending criminal cases.
The court was told about another instances when Alvarez-Mijan was believed to have impersonated a police officer. In that case he allegedly sexually assaulted the woman he picked up in his car. He faces an Aggravated Sexual Assault charge in connection with that case.
Jurors also heard about Alvarez-Mijan’s 1989 murder conviction for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and other assault and injury to a child charges. They reached their decision on the nearly century long prison sentence after deliberating for an entire day.
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