Police identify man in fake cop incidents in Volunteer Park

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SEATTLE - Seattle police have identified a man they said has been impersonating an officer at a popular park to steal cash and credit cards.     

 

Detectives said in at least two cases, Ryan Purdy flashed a fake gold badge and claimed he was an undercover officer at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill last month.

 

Both incidents occurred in a restroom at the park where the impersonator struck up a conversation with the victims, asked to see their wallets to check their IDs and told them he was part of an undercover sting and they should leave the area.

 

The two victims later realized that either cash or credit cards were missing.

 

Anyone with information that could help detectives locate Purdy is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535 or call 911. 

 

Detectives are also asking for anyone who may have had contact with Purdy in the park to contact police.