On March 17, 2014 at about 2:30 p.m., the Sioux City Police Department arrested 29 year–old JOEY MIGUEL ALBERTS, Sioux City, for impersonating an officer and enticing children to his vehicle.
Through leads that were generated as part of an ongoing investigation, ALBERTS was identified as being involved in multipule incidents in Sioux City over the last year and a half.
On October 20, 2013 at about 6:30 p.m., ALBERTS called two females, 11 years-of-age and 13 years-of-age, over to his car and told them he was was a police officer. The 13 year-old approached him and he touched her inappropriately during a pat-down. He then left the area.
On November 6, 2012 at about 3:15 p.m., ALBERTS stopped his car near two females, 13 years-of-age and 12 years-of-age, at 9th & Jennings St. He called out to the girls to come to his car and told him he was a police officer. The girls refused and left the area.
A short time later on November 6, 2012 at about 3:45 p.m., ALBERTS approached a 13 year-old-female in the 1500 block of Peirce St and told her he was a police officer. He called her to his vehicle and then touched her inappropriately while patting her down.
ALBERTS was booked into the Woodbury County Jail and charged with 3 counts of Impersonating an Officer, 3 counts of Enticing a Child Away, and 2 counts of Indecent Contact with a Child.
The Sioux City Police Department encourages parents to tell their children that if a person is not in uniform and states that they are a police officer, the child can ask for a uniform officer or to call their parents. Male officers with the Sioux City Police Department are prohibited from touching the chest or groin areas of a female suspect during a search.
Anyone with information in this case can call the Sioux City Police Department at
279-6440 or CrimeStoppers at 258-TIPS.
Any arrest/charges noted in this report should be considered merely an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.