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Police impersonator arrested again in Chula Vista Allison K. Sampite | Tue, Apr 26 2011 04:00 PM

Kevin Alan Kenniston, who was arrested last month for impersonating a police officer in Chula Vista, was arrested again today.

This morning, Chula Vista Police officers arrested Kenniston, 41, for multiple criminal violations including violation of a temporary restraining order, committing a crime while out on bail, and stalking his ex-girlfriend. Kenniston was out on $500,000 bail for charges of false imprisonment, impersonating a police officer and domestic violence.

Kenniston is awaiting court proceedings on charges of domestic violence against his former girlfriend and was given a temporary restraining order last month.

On April 22, Kenniston's ex-girlfriend told police she recognized his jeep parked near a jogging trail in Chula Vista and received a phone call from Kenniston later that evening.

The following day, the victim told police that Kenniston followed her into the Ralph's parking lot on East Palomar where he attempted to make contact but left. The victim called Chula Vista police to report the violations.

Saturday night, police officers attempted to arrest Kenniston inside his Chula Vista residence but he was not apprehended.

Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m., police officers responded to the ex-girlfriend's home in northern Chula Vista, after her 11-year-old daughter reported that Kenniston was attempting to enter the home. Kenniston fled prior to police arrival.

A subsequent investigation led officers to a residence near Sprinter Lane and Corral Canyon in Bonita, where this morning, officers saw Kenniston driving and arrested him.

Chula Vista Police Capt. Gary Wedge said it's very likely that while Kenniston is out of custody his criminal conduct will continue.

Kenniston, who also goes by the alias Allen Kennington, faced 13 charges against him April 12 from the district attorney's office, which included 11 additional counts of false impersonation of a police officer.

Kenniston's attorney Marc Carlos entered a not guilty plea on his client's behalf.

Deputy District Attorney William La Fond said Kenniston poses a significant risk to the community.

Kenniston owns a funeral escort business called California Funeral Escorts, which he said he uses for business. Carlos said his client's vehicle is clearly marked, as was his uniform, and that media sources are responsible for new victims coming forward by influencing the public with Kenniston's profile.

Kenniston is a previous convicted felon and has been arrested for police impersonation before, but never convicted, according to officials.

Kenniston was out on bail on those charges when he was arrested and booked on two felony counts of false imprisonment, two misdemeanor counts of impersonating a peace officer and one count of felony child endangerment.

Kenniston was first reported posing as an officer Feb. 23 near East Orange and Max avenues, then on March 9 he reportedly used the emergency lights and public address system to confront another female motorist.

Kenniston's Crown Victoria was impounded last month as police investigated the incidents.

Last month, Chula Vista police seized several items from Kenniston's home including police-style uniforms and badges, gun parts, a police ball cap, handcuffs and passports.

Kenniston has a criminal history dating back several years with felony and misdemeanor convictions. Court records show he has been arrested on several criminal and domestic charges between 1990 and 2002 in South County, East County and San Diego County.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Kevin Kenniston was out on $50,000 bail. The correct figure is $500,000.

The Star-News regrets the error.

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