OSHP cadet accused of armed robbery while dressed as trooper

An Ohio State Highway Patrol cadet is facing charges after he was accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint while he was wearing an Ohio State Highway Patrol uniform.

Gregory Payne, 22, of Cincinnati was accused of robbing a woman of her cell phone in the area of the 6900 block of Cedar Alley in Cincinnati on Sept. 10.

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“[Gregory Payne] While wearing an Ohio State Highway Patrol uniform stopped a citizen, told her she was not free to leave and told her if he had his patrol car he would take her to jail,” according to an affidavit filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court Wednesday.

Payne was a member of the patrol’s cadet program at the time of the accused crime, but he resigned Sept. 15.

The affidavit indicated Payne pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the woman and ripped the cell phone from her hands.

Payne was arrested Thursday, but has posted bond and was released on his own recognizance.

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