Edinburgh man arrested after claiming to be U.S. marshal

Columbus police arrested an Edinburgh man after he walked into the back yard of a Columbus home in the 2900 block of McKinley Avenue saying he was a police officer.

At about 4:10 p.m. Friday, Columbus Police Officer Lucas Nibarger was sent to the address after a woman who was in the back yard with her children called to say a man who wasn’t wearing a shirt was on her property claiming to be an officer, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The man, later identified as Gregory A. Simpson, 32, Edinburgh, told the woman he was a U.S. marshal and did not have to leave her property, Harris said.

When police spoke with Simpson he claimed he had been a U.S. marshal while in the military, Harris said.

Officers arrested Simpson on charges of impersonating a police officer and public intoxication and took him to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked before transporting him to the Bartholomew County Jail, Harris said.

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