Marysville police: SWAT imposter wanted in robbery arrested in Renton

By The Associated Press

MARYSVILLE, Washington — Marysville police say a man who impersonated a SWAT team member during a robbery last month has been arrested in Renton.

Detectives said Saturday the 27-year-old man had been working for a local bail bonding company and was trying to find someone who had skipped out on his bail. He placed a call to a female acquaintance of the bail jumper; she was heading to a Marysville parking lot to buy an electronic benefits card from two men.

According to police, the suspect showed up at the parking lot in a dark vehicle with tinted windows, a bullet-proof vest and a badge on his hip, and identified himself as “task force.” He ordered the two men out of a car at gunpoint, frisked them and took what was described as a large amount of cash from one of their wallets.

Detectives say they tracked him down through cell phone records and that he denied taking any money from the victims. He’s been booked for investigation of first-degree robbery.