SALT LAKE CITY — Police say a man is under arrest after pretending to be a U.S. Marshal to try and avoid paying two escorts.

Authorities said Monday that Joel Graf hired the women to dance for him and a teenage boy at a hotel room in Provo, but when they finished he didn’t want to pay.

Provo police say the women went to a bathroom to change early Sunday morning and when they returned he was holding a gun and a badge.

Police say the man told them he was a U.S. Marshal and he’d arrest them if they didn’t leave without pay.

Graf was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a law enforcement officer as well as alcohol and weapon charges.

No attorney was immediately listed for him in court records.

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