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October 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Man robbed, punched by mugger claiming to be Seattle cop

A man was robbed early Sunday by another man who claimed to be a Seattle cop, according to police. The victim was in a rental car  parked at 420 Blanchard St. just after 2 a.m. when a man shined a flashlight through the windshield and said, “Seattle police. Give me your driver’s license and registration.” The “cop”…

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February 28, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Suspected cop impersonator arrested in Auburn

Seattle police have arrested a man suspected of posing as a cop to commit a series of robberies in Seattle parks. Police arrested 46-year-old Ryan James Purdy (pictured at right) yesterday after he told a fellow bus passenger about being wanted for impersonating a cop. Bad move. The passenger got off the bus and called police. When…

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February 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Fake Seattle cop pulls off robbery with box of porn

Seattle police say a man wanted for impersonating a cop and robbing unsuspecting people at Volunteer Park is still at it. Police have been searching for Ryan James Purdy, aka Tracy Byers, 46  (pictured at right), since December, after he allegedly flashed a fake badge and robbed several people in Volunteer…

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December 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Police impersonator roaming, stealing in Volunteer Park

There appears to be a police impersonator roaming Seattle’s Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. Seattle police say they have received reports this month of someone trying to pass himself off as an undercover cop. On Wednesday and on Dec. 19, park goers contacted officers to report being confronted by a man around the age of 40, said…

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June 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Man charged with raping woman while impersonating cop

King County prosecutors today charged a 31-year-old man with rape, extortion and and criminal impersonation for allegedly raping a woman in North Seattle while posing as a plainclothes police officer. Prosecutors allege in charging documents that Michael S. Lewis confronted  the 26-year-old victim as she was walking in the 1100 block of North 93rd Street around…

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