A Thornton man has been charged with impersonating a police officer, robbery, possessing an unauthorised pistol and drug-related offences after an incident in Jesmond.
Police from Newcastle City Local Area Command allege that on April 14 at about midnight, a 39-year-old Lambton man and his 20-year-old son were moving a motor vehicle in Heaton Street, Jesmond.
Two men approached the pair and allegedly informed them they were police officers.
The father and son were assaulted at the scene and a wallet, mobile phone and other belongings were stolen from them.
On Wednesday, police came across a 22-year-old Thornton man in a motor vehicle in Fern Street, Islington.
Police searched the vehicle and allegedly found the stolen property, as well as a pistol, money and illegal drugs which were seized.
Police arrested the man and took him to Newcastle police station, where he was charged and refused bail.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.