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Man charged for impersonating constable

Published August 10. 2018 11:40PM

Zachary A. Reynolds pulled up to an Orwigsburg house in a Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, complete with a spotlight, push bumper, and a Pennsylvania State Constable license plate.

When a woman answered the door, he told her he was a Pennsylvania State Constable.

Trouble was, Reynolds, 21, of Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, isn’t a constable in Pennsylvania or anywhere else.

Now he faces a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a public servant and a summary charge of harassment.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for noon Sept. 11 before District Judge James R. Ferrier of Orwigsburg.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Orwigsburg Police officer Brandon Bayer, the incident happened at around 10 p.m. on Aug. 2.

A woman called police to report that a state constable had come to her house and asked to talk with her son. Reynolds said he was a constable, but had no badge or weapon.

He asked to speak with her son, who wasn’t home at the time.

Reynolds told her to have her son call him. If her son didn’t call, Reynolds said, he would be back with a warrant for his arrest, the complaint says.

Police investigating the incident found that the woman’s son had been involved with a young woman Reynolds was dating.

Reynolds had threatened on a social media site to “run” the woman’s son’s name. That led the son to believe the “state constable” was Reynolds.

Further investigation revealed that Reynolds identified himself on his Facebook page as a constable with the Lancaster County Constables’ Association.

Police learned that Reynolds on May 23 was appointed a deputy constable in the Court of Common Pleas, Northumberland County.

The woman looked at photos of Reynolds on his Facebook page and positively identified him as the constable who was at her home.

Police contacted the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the body that certifies state constables.

They learned Reynolds had not completed the required training to be certified as a constable.

He also had no active or inactive civil or criminal cases for which a warrant would exist, according to the complaint.

Police interviewed Reynolds on Aug. 6, and he admitted having been at the woman’s house in his Crown Victoria, which is also fitted with a prisoner transport cage, and intended to speak with her son about a personal matter.

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