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Fake officer stole pills and money, Pasco deputies say

HUDSON — The muscular man known as "Phoenix" went to the mobile home on Parkwood Street to sell a woman pills.

Once he got inside, his identity seemed to change. He revealed that he worked for a police tactical narcotics unit. He picked up a kitchen knife and pocketed it, he said, for his own safety. He pulled a gun from under his shirt.

But he never flashed a badge.

A Sheriff's Office 12-page report of the incident quotes several people who were in the home Monday.

Marcia Usher, 31, greeted the man at the door. He saw a pile of money on the counter and said he needed to ask her a few questions. He counted out the money and pocketed it, along with a gold necklace from Usher's purse.

She told him she wasn't involved in drugs. But he held his gun to her head and began to read her Miranda rights. He wouldn't take her to jail, he said, if she became an informer for him.

Usher doubted she could — she didn't know enough people who used drugs. The man took out something that looked like an iPod and held it to her face and told Usher to say and spell her name. She complied.

With two Bluetooth devices on his head, the man said aloud, "12, 1, 7 — it's okay, I don't need any backup. There was no weapons in the house," according to the report.

When Usher told him there were two other people in the house, he pulled another gun and marched to a back bedroom.

Troy Marker told investigators that he and his girlfriend were in the room when the man came in pointing a gun.

"Word on the street," he told them, according to the report, "was that they owed someone $100 and he was there to collect."

Marker, 40, said he had the wrong people. He said he always pays his debts.

The man threatened to shoot them, the report says, and then asked if they had any prescription pills.

Marker turned over 210 oxycodone pills, 52 Xanax and 28 hydromorphines, the report says. The man apologized for pointing the gun at them, then walked out with the pills.

About that time, another woman arrived. Usher told investigators that her friend, Sue Parker, had been buying and selling pills to the man for a few weeks.

The report gives conflicting accounts about what happened between him and Parker.

Usher said Parker, 36, bought 20 Xanax from him for $80 but then demanded her money back when she found out they weren't what was advertised. The man put the gun barrel against Parker's head and threatened to take her to jail.

"Please, I have six kids. I'll never say a word," Parker told him, according to Usher.

But in Parker's version, she heard the man and Usher arguing, and when she asked him to show his badge, he pulled his gun.

"He told her this was her one free ticket out of here and told her to leave," the report says.

As Parker was leaving, the man put Usher in handcuffs and led her to his car, a silver Pontiac.

He said a lot of things, at that point, according to the report:

He said backup was on the way.

He told Usher she was in danger and something was going on.

He took the cuffs off and told her to go inside. She was under his protection, he said, but if she called law enforcement he couldn't protect her any more.

Then he drove away.

Usher called the Sheriff's Office.

On Wednesday, deputies arrested 31-year-old Aaron Adams of 6514 Cathy Drive in New Port Richey. Charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery, false imprisonment and falsely impersonating an officer, he remained jailed Thursday.

Nobody else in the mobile home was arrested.

When an investigator interviewed Adams near his home the day of the incident, he gave his own account of what happened.

He said he did go to the Parkwood Street home but refused to sell drugs to the people there. He told them he had good friends at the Sheriff's Office.

Yes, he showed his gun but he never unholstered it. Yes, he walked with Usher to his car but he didn't handcuff her.

And he said, according to the report, that he told the women he was working "with" the police.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Fake officer stole pills and money, Pasco deputies say 05/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 10:55pm]

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