CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)–April 29, 2015. A River Grove man was sentenced to 3 years in prison today as a result of his conviction for impersonating an employee of the U.S. Marshals Service on two occasions in 2013. The defendant, ROBERT P. ROZYCKI, 39, pledguilty to the offense in November 2014. U.S. District Court Judge John J. Tharp, who imposed the sentence, also ordered Rozycki to one year of supervised release to include mental health treatment. Rozycki has been in custody since his arrest in June, 2014.
According to court records, in March 2013, Rozycki was at a McDonald’s restaurant located in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood wearing clothing and paraphernalia which he intended to resemble the duty uniform of a Deputy U.S. Marshal, including a dark long-sleeved t-shirt worn under a grey golf shirt, khaki cargo pants, a law enforcement utility belt equipped with handcuffs and a police radio, and a thigh holster containing what appeared to be a firearm. While dressed in this fashion, he approached a customer, and after a brief but heated exchange, he directed the customer to stand up. When the customer refused, Rozycki forcibly placed the customer in handcuffs and escorted him out of the restaurant. He released the customer a short time later at the direction of a McDonald’s manager.
In addition, in May 2013, the defendant was in the parking lot of the same McDonald’s restaurant wearing clothing and paraphernalia which he intended to resemble the duty uniform of a Deputy U.S. Marshal similar to the earlier impersonation. In addition, his car, a black Crown Victoria, was equipped to resemble a law enforcement vehicle with LED emergency lights, was parked in the same lot.
“The defendant usurped the authority of a legitimate law enforcement agent when he donned the uniform and equipment of a Deputy U.S. Marshal,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn L. Maliza in the Government’s Sentencing Memorandum.
The sentence was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Roberto Robinson, Acting United States Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Malizia.