Police: Intoxicated trespasser told woman he was U.S. marshal

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Gregory Simpson

COLUMBUS, Ind. – An Edinburgh man who was arrested on a public intoxication charge tried to convince a woman he was a U.S. marshal, police say.

Columbus police arrested Gregory A. Simpson, 32, Edinburgh, Friday afternoon after they say he walked into the backyard of a residence and told the homeowner he was a law enforcement officer.

4 Fast Facts

  • Edinburgh man arrested after being found in woman’s backyard
  • He told the woman he was a U.S. marshal
  • The woman called police after the man refused to leave
  • He was arrested on charges of public intoxication and impersonating a police officer

Columbus Police Officer Lucas Nibarger was dispatched to the 2900 block of McKinley Avenue around 4:10 p.m. Friday after a woman said a man with no shirt claimed he was a police officer. She was outside with her children when it happened.

The woman said she told Simpson to leave. However, he claimed to be a U.S. marshal and told her he didn’t have to go. When officers spoke with Simpson, he claimed he’d been a marshal while in the military.

Officers suspected Simpson was under the influence of narcotics and took him to Columbus Regional Hospital. He then went to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was booked on preliminary charges of public intoxication and impersonating a police officer.

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