The only relationship between the two cases, Bristol Township police said yesterday, was the physical similarity between a sketch of the impostor and John Gkahopoylos, the Tobyhanna, Pa., man charged in the New Jersey incident.
Gkahopoylos was arrested Monday afternoon by Ewing Township police after being involved in a customer dispute in an auto repair store. Police said he threatened the store's owner with arrest, saying he was a United States Air Force police officer. He had been driving a 1994 red Dodge.
He was released on Tuesday after posting $3,000 bail.
Bristol Township police investigated the case, but because the vehicles in the two cases were different and the man in the Ewing Township incident did not use a flashing light to pull over a motorist, they said the two cases did not appear to be linked.
``It's a stretch, at best,'' said Detective Paul Lindenmuth, of Bristol Township police. ``It's our thought he's not a suspect.''
Four reported incidents involving people impersonating officers have occurred in Lower Bucks in the last three weeks. State police are investigating the incidents for a possible connection to the Aimee Willard murder this past summer.
Willard was murdered June 20 after leaving Smokey Joe's Tavern in Wayne. Her car was found on an exit ramp off the Blue Route in Delaware County. Her body was found later in a vacant North Philadelphia lot. Police think Willard, 22, may have been lured from her car by someone pretending to be a policeman.