Waldorf, MD – A Maryland man was indicted last week for impersonating a law enforcement officer for more than 15 years.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland announced the indictment against 37-year-old Antione William Tuckson on May 23, NBC News reported.
Tuckson was arrested on May 20 on federal charges of false impersonation of an officer and employee of the United States and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A detention memo filed the day he was arrested showed that Tuckson has been convicted of several felony crimes in the past and has served time in prison, NBC News reported.
Prosecutors said Tuckson had been conducting his impersonation of a federal officer for a decade-and-a-half but had recently become more “brazen” and “sophisticated” in his methods.
“Evidence shows that Mr. Tuckson has been impersonating a law enforcement officer for more than fifteen years and has not stopped despite his lengthy criminal record and multiple prison sentences,” the detention memo read.
Tuckson was accused of pretending to be a cop in 2006, 2009, and 2018, the Daily Mail reported.
In 2018, he became involved in a robbery by telling the victim and responding police officers that he was a U.S. marshal, the Daily Mail reported.
Tuckson was also arrested multiple times for receiving stolen property between 2005 and 2009.
He was sentenced to 14 months in prison in 2007 after he was convicted of a carrying a gun without a license, according to the Daily Mail.
The he was sentenced to 16 months in prison for first-degree theft in August of 2009.
Investigators determined that Tuckson registered the trademark “USMS Special Services” in 2020 and then registered multiple vehicles under the trademark, NBC News reported.
Two of those vehicles had red and blue flashing lights, according to prosecutors
Authorities said that Tuckson carried fake law enforcement credentials and a badge, NBC News reported.
According to the detention memo, Tuckson posed as a U.S. marshal to get a job providing security at a restaurant in Prince George’s County this year.
The memo said Tuckson tried to detain two women at the restaurant on March 6 over a bill dispute and his elaborate ruse began to fall apart, according to the U.S. Attorney’s press release.
When the women fled the restaurant, Tuckson followed them and called Prince George’s County police to back him up
Prosecutors said the police impersonator was “carrying a firearm, handcuffs, a Taser, and other police gear, and was accompanied by a dog wearing a police-style vest,” NBC News reported.
“When interviewed by the officers who arrived on the scene, Tuckson displayed his fake badge and falsely identified himself as a Deputy United States Marshal,” according to court documents.
But officers were suspicious when they learned that the alleged U.S. marshal had left what he claimed was a police K9 at the restaurant when he followed the women, NBC News reported.
Trained on-duty K9s would stay by their handler’s side and never be left unattended.
But Tuckson wasn’t willing to give up his faux identity that easily, according to NBC News.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said he claimed to have called his U.S. Marshals Service supervisor and then 40-year-old Nijea Nicole Rich arrived on the scene wearing tactical pants, handcuffs, an expandable baton, a radio, and a gun, the Daily Mail reported.
“You locked up a U.S. Marshal?” Rich allegedly asked the officers when she arrived on the scene.
She told the police on the scene that Tuckson’s K9 was her emotional support animal and was also a patrol dog, the Daily Mail reported.
The dog was placed in the care of the Prince George’s County Animal Services Division.
Rich went to the shelter the next day, claiming to be a U.S. marshal, and the dog was released to her, the Daily Mail reported.
She was ultimately arrested and charged with impersonating a federal officer and conspiracy to impersonate a federal officer, NBC News reported.
The detention memo said police searched Tuckson’s home and found an AR-style rifle with a scope, a pistol-grip, pump-action shotgun, a printer for identification cards, and body armor, the Daily Mail reported.
Police said there were additional pictures on the suspect’s phone of a revolver with a display of $100 bills that authorities have not yet recovered, NBC News reported.
Tuckson also had a picture on his phone of a man he had detained in handcuffs on the sidewalk.
Witnesses said Tuckson handcuffed the man after tackling him to the ground and identifying himself as a U.S. marshal, NBC News reported.
“Mr. Tuckson’s sophisticated scheme, his willingness to use force against others under color of law, and his brazen lies to law enforcement underscore the danger he poses to the community and the risk of future nonappearance,” the detention memo read.
Tuckson has been held in custody pending trial, NBC News reported.
If convicted this time, Tuckson is facing up to 17 years in prison for his crimes.
His partner in crime, Rich, was released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services, NBC News reported.
If convicted, Rich is facing five years behind bars, the Daily Mail reported.