MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- Marysville police are searching for a man who impersonated a SWAT team officer, ordered two men out of their car and frisked them before taking off with their money.
The incident happened just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the corner of 88th Street and State Avenue. Officers say the two men drove to a parking lot to sell a food stamp debit card. While they waited inside their car, a dark passenger vehicle with tinted windows pulled up beside them.
Witnesses say a man wearing what looked like a bullet-proof vest with the word “SWAT” and a badge on his hip got out of the car. He pulled out a gun, identified himself as “task force” and ordered them to get out of the car. He told them to move near a storage shed, where he patted them down, then ordered them to face away and not move.
When Marysville police arrived at the scene, they found the two men standing and facing the shed. An officer asked what they were doing. One of the men replied, "What do you mean? The cop told us to stand right here and not to move."
Witnesses say the suspect fled the area a minute or two before the officers arrived at the scene. Police say the suspect took off with a large amount of cash from one of the men’s wallet.
The suspect is described as a white male, about 5’10” with a stocky build and dark-colored short hair.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the crime is asked to contact Marysville police detectives at 360-363-8350.