Police: Teen impersonates police officer during San Marcos home invasion


SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A 17-year-old is facing multiple felony charges after breaking into a duplex and firing a gun while impersonating a police officer, according to San Marcos police.

San Marcos police said Derrick Jacobs broke into Matthew Hertzog’s home in the 1000 block of Haynes Street at 4:17 a.m. on Tuesday. During the robbery, Jacobs told Hertzog he was a police officer searching for weapons, according to authorities.

“He went through the house, overturning couch cushions, the kitchen cabinets open, all the drawers pulled out of my roommate’s bedroom,” said Hertzog. “When he opened my door he said he was San Marcos police.”

It was quickly clear to Hertzog this was no police officer. Hertzog said he tried to surreptitiously call 911, but the intruder got wise, and things got scary.

“When they answered ‘911,’ the phone volume was loud enough for him to hear it,” Hertzog added. “At that point he fired his gun into the floor, about three feet from my bed, then hightailed it out of there.”

An officer who was driving towards the scene saw a vehicle matching the description given to authorities and stopped Jacobs a short distance away from the home.

“Things could have gone a lot worse,” said Hertzog, who is now considering getting a guard dog. “I was really proud of the San Marcos police that they were able to take care of it so quickly. Within minutes of leaving my house they had pulled him over.”

Jacobs is being held at the Hays County jail charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and burglary of a habitation, both second-degree felonies; with impersonating a police officer, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, all third-degree felonies; and with firearm theft, a state jail felony. His bond is set at $210,000.

Authorities said Jacobs had a prior juvenile conviction for burglary and he was also arrested this past February and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was free on $50,000 bond for that charge when he was arrested Tuesday.

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