Florida Men Pretending To Be U.S. Marshals Arrested By Real Marshals
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Two men have been charged with being federal marshals and flashing phony credentials for quitting wearing facial covers at a resort hotel in South Florida.
When Wyndham Dearfield Beach Resort employees asked Walter Wayne Brown Jr., 53, and Gary Brummett, 81, to cover their faces, the men refused, and threatened to arrest staff and fined the hotel Suncentenal, South Florida Reported.
The plan collapsed when an employee thought they were acting suspicious and called the police on 11 February. Officers and a real American marshal arrived and arrested the men on charges of engaging a federal officer.
A hotel manager said investigators reported that Brumet went to the front desk earlier this month to ask for a coffee and pretended to be a marshal when he was asked to donate a mask, a federal complaint said. He then flashed a laminated card stating that he had medically missed wearing a mask.
According to the complaint, when the manager asked him to put on the mask again, Brummett pointed to a badge that he wore in his belt. “Do you know what that means,” he said. “If you force me to wear a mask then I am an American Marshal and you can be arrested.”
The newspaper reported that two days earlier, employees had a similar confrontation with Brown Jr.
He reported that investigators gave an employee a mask to Brown Jr. and asked him to wear it. But he said he was a federal agent and did not have one, the complaint said. He also wore a badge on his belt and had a card around his neck.
The next day, Brown Jr. returns to the front desk to extend his stay. The complainant stated that when the manager asked him to wear a mask, he threatened that the staff would be arrested.
An employee told investigators that his cousin is a US marshal and that he knew they would not work that way.
On February 11, police found the pair dining at a resort restaurant. He wore “authentic looking” circular badges that read “Cherokee Nation Marshal” according to the complaint.
Investigators reported that the men were never assigned as U.S. Marshals or Cherokee Nation Martial Services.
According to the complaint, the men who wore it around their necks were discounted facemask cards.
He was arrested and jailed in Broward County. Jail records did not list the lawyers for him.
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