EXCLUSIVE: PCSD arrests Tucson man impersonating law enforcement

Cop impersonator suspect in court
Published: Aug. 23, 2018 at 5:18 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 at 5:55 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department arrested a man who was caught impersonating law enforcement.

Bryan Watmore, age 38 of Tucson, was arrested and booked into jail Thursday morning, Aug. 23 on two counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer. According to a PCSD news release, additional charges are pending in reference to narcotics that were found in Watmore's vehicle.

PCSD Deputy Jelineo said the reports started from an incident that happened on Saturday, August 18.

An off-duty Border Patrol Agent said a car came up behind him at Tanque Verde near the Circle K with red and blue lights on. The lights did not look like normal emergency according to the agent, which raised suspicion.

The BP agent then saw the car pull in front of him at the entrance of the 49ers Country Club, in the 12000 block of East Tanque Verde Road and a man got out holding up his arms as if to ask "why didn't you stop," while flashing a badge he had hanging from his neck on a chain.

The agent started taking pictures of the man who then drove away and posted those pictures on the 49ers country club neighborhood Facebook page.

According to PCSD, the suspect's wife is a member of that page and saw pictures of her husband. PCSD says the suspect then called the administrator of that Facebook page saying he was a federal agent so the administrator took the pictures down. Other people started leaving comments on the post before it was removed saying they too had seen the car and had been pulled over.

When deputies located the vehicle matching the description Thursday morning, they say Watmore admitted to having red and blue lights and a badge but he did not have them with him at the time.

PCSD deputies served a search warrant at Watmore's residence and located car LED lights and a security officer badge.

If you were a victim of this impersonation attempt, or have additional information about this case, please contact the Pima County Sheriff's Department at 351-4900.

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