Man pretending to be a US Marshal arrested

A man was arrested Friday in Williams Lake after threatening a business owner while pretending to be a U.S. Marshal, RCMP said.

A man was arrested Friday in Williams Lake after threatening a business owner while pretending to be a U.S. Marshal, RCMP said.

The Williams Lake RCMP attended a weapons complaint on Marwick Drive at 6:42 a.m. Friday morning.

“The caller advised that an unknown man entered his business and identified himself as a United States federal officer,” the RCMP said. “The suspect stated he was looking for two specific men whom he claimed were wanted for extortion and murder.”

When the business owner did not take the man seriously, the suspect pulled out what appeared to be a handgun from a holster and pointed it at the business owner, the RCMP said, adding the suspect eventually left the business, leaving the owner physically unharmed.

Investigators were able to identify and arrest the suspect without incident at around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning.

While several firearm and threat-related charges will be recommended, the police said they believe this is an isolated incident and the public is not currently at risk.