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Serial cop impersonator charged with posing as federal marshal

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Robert Rozycki really wants to be a part of the cop world, the feds say.

So much so, that he’s already gone to prison twice for pretending to be a police officer.

But even that hasn’t stopped the serial faker from playing make-believe, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday, which accuses him of now posing as a deputy U.S. Marshal, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Rozycki, 37, faces two counts of impersonating A federal agent last year — one of which relates to a notorious YouTube video he starred in.

First reported by the Sun-Times in January, the frightening YouTube video allegedly shows Rozycki claiming to be a deputy U.S. Marshal and harassing and handcuffing a patron at a McDonald’s in Wrigleyville.

He was working as a security guard at the time of the video, which attracted negative comments about police misconduct and cast the Marshal’s service in a bad light, sources said.

Arrested Wednesday morning, he is due to appear in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

He’s previously been convicted twice for pretending to be a cop, and once for claiming to be a bomb and arson investigator with the Chicago Fire Department.

And he’s also got a pending criminal charge in Cook County court — again for allegedly posing as a cop.

In that case, Chicago Police officers watched Rozycki get into a Ford Crown Victoria equipped with flashing lights at a gas station near Addison and Harlem on Sept. 28, 2011. He was wearing a jacket with a Cook County Sheriff’s Police logo, police said.

The officers decided to check whether Rozycki was really a law enforcement officer.

They stopped his car, and Rozycki allegedly admitted he was a security officer — not a police officer. The officers found a bulletproof vest in the car, along with a police scanner and a security badge. Handcuffs and a baton were on a duty belt Rozycki was wearing, and he told the officers there was a BB gun in the glove box, according to prosecutors.

In 2009, Rozycki was arrested by police officers investigating reports of fake cops on the roads in Lake County.

Rozycki was driving a Crown Victoria, equipped with flashing lights, with expired license plates registered to a Jeep.

In the car, which was stopped in Island Lake, the officers found a pellet gun, a bulletproof vest with Chicago Police and Fire Department patches, a police radio and scanner, a Maywood Police sergeant’s badge and a regulation Chicago Police Department baseball cap. The officers also found lock cutters, pry bars and other tools used in burglaries.

A woman in the car told the officers that Rozycki said he was a bomb and arson investigator with the Chicago Fire Department. He later pleaded guilty to a single felony count of impersonating a firefighter and spent almost 10 months in prison, records show.

He also went to prison in 1998 for burglary and impersonating an officer, in 2000 for possession of a stolen vehicle and in 2005 for theft and impersonating an officer.

The new allegations relate to incidents on March 3 and May 18 last year. The Sun-Times previously reported that the March 3 incident involved Rozycki allegedly handcuffing a customer having dinner in the Wrigleyville McDonald’s.

Captured in a 33-second video posted on YouTube, the confrontation begins with a man wearing a deputy marshal’s shirt, armed with what appears to be a gun strapped to his leg, standing over a young man at a table.

The uniformed man yells in the customer’s face: “What’s your name? What’s your name? What’s your name? Get up! Get up right now! Stand up!”

The customer is then handcuffed behind his back and escorted toward the front door while other customers watch.

Police sources said the handcuffed customer was released after he was taken outside the restaurant.

The person who posted the video gave this description of the incident: “I shot this video because there was NOTHING the man did to deserve this. He was talking to me and my friends, NOT the marshall [sic]. The marshall overheard the conversation and came over to the man because he was talking about the police. . . . I put this video up so people can see how the Marshall is using unnecessary force on a man who is exercising his right to free speech.”

Rozycki faces up to six years behind bars and a $5000,000 fine if convicted on both counts.


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