UPDATE 8:15 a.m.:A man accused of impersonating a police officer has been arrested. Antonio L. Codute-Farrison turned himself in at the Snohomish County Jail last night, Snohomish County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said this morning.
The sheriff’s office had probable cause to arrest Codute-Farrison for criminal impersonation of a police officer and illegal possession of firearms.
The Snohomish County Sherriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a man who has a history of impersonating police and may illegally possess firearms.
Antonio L. Codute-Farrison, 24, told security that he was armed and an undercover detective with the Washington State Patrol when he was questioned at a gun show at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe Saturday. He displayed what appeared to be an authentic badge and was driving a retired sheriff’s office Ford Expedition equipped with lights and siren.
Police are concerned he may pose a risk to the public, given his history of posing as a member of law enforcement. He may be in possession of various law enforcement gear, including weapons, a Taser, handcuffs and a ballistic vest, the sheriff’s office said. The office has probable cause to arrest Codute-Farrison for criminal impersonation of a police officer and illegal possession of firearms.
Codute-Farrison was arrested in 2009 after he visited classrooms at Drum Intermediate School in University Place and claimed to be an active duty member of the military, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. He wore a black beret, a military Kevlar vest, a black long-sleeved shirt with “POLICE” written on the sleeves and military pants.
Anyone with information about Codute-Farrison is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 425-388-3845. Detectives would also like to speak with anyone who may have been stopped by him while he was posing as a police officer.