Real U.S. marshal busts fake one in Natomas

At what age is dress-up no longer cute?

On February 18, police arrested Joseph Cermak, 46, of Sacramento, for allegedly trying to pass himself off as a federal marshal, complete with a replica badge, handcuffs, baton and imitation uniform, including a vest with the agency’s insignia on it. How was the fugazi discovered?

“As circumstance would have it, the suspect in this case was observed by an actual US Federal Marshall,” police spokesman Officer Matthew McPhail wrote in an email. “Sometimes fate has a sense of humor.”

The real marshal confronted the fake one, then called police to their Natomas location, McPhail said. Cermak was arrested for impersonating an officer and for being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon.

No word on which Tommy Lee Jones movie is his favorite.

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