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UPDATED: MAN FOUND — Police looking for man who impersonated an officer at Woodland Park

February 26th, 2013 · Comments

Update: The man was arrested on Thursday.

Earlier: Seattle Police are looking for a man who impersonated a police officer two weeks ago at Woodland Park.

From the SPD Blotter:

A man wanted for impersonating a police officer while robbing unsuspecting Seattle park-goers is still on for the run. But that hasn’t stopped him from keeping his robbery streak alive, while armed with a box full of porn.

Ryan James Purdy-suspect-resizedRobbery detectives have been searching for 46-year-old Ryan James Purdy (aka Tracy Byers) since December, after Purdy approached several people in Volunteer Park in December, flashed a fake badge at his victims, and took their cash and credit cards.
Since we posted Purdy’s picture on the Blotter, detectives believe he’s tried to pull his fake cop scam on two other occasions, most recently in north Seattle.

Shortly after 2:30 pm on February 10th, Purdy’s latest victim was walking through Woodland Park—near N. 50th Street and Woodland Park Avenue N—when another man, believed to Purdy, approached him and asked him to come look at a box of pornographic magazines lying in the grass inside the park.

The victim, concerned children in the park would find the box of magazines, took the box and walked to his car. The suspect followed the victim, and got inside the victim’s car. That’s when the suspect flashed a fake badge, said he was doing a “drug sting,” and said he needed to pat the victim down.

During the pat down, the suspect took the victim’s wallet, rifled through it, and returned it to the man. The suspect then took back his box of porn, got out of the victim’s car, and the victim drove off.

About an hour later, the victim realized his bank card was missing from his wallet—and had since been used at a grocery store—and called police.

In a separate incident, police also believe Purdy knocked on the door of a Capitol Hill home and told a woman inside that he was a federal agent. The woman promptly slammed the door in his face.

If you see Purdy or know where detectives can find him, call the real cops at 911 or (206) 684-5535.

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