OR man arrested for impersonating marshal

OR man arrested for impersonating marshal

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 30, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 30 at 11:15 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A Hillsboro man was arrested Thursday by U.S. marshals for claiming to be a military veteran, but investigators said he had also posed as a deputy U.S. marshal.

"You can't impersonate U.S. Marshals and that's why we started looking into it," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Cory Cunningham.

Cyrus Diesel Toretto, 34, was arrested just before 4 p.m. in the Shute Park Plaza, at 1001 SE TV Highway, according to Cunningham.

Over several months the Oregon Fugitive Task Force received reports of a man impersonating a marshal. Investigators learned he had also claimed to be a military veteran with a purple heart, a Portland police officer, a Delta Force soldier and a former Oregon State University football player.

"We are concerned he's taking the community trust in law enforcement and military and fraudulently using that to benefit himself," said Cunningham.

The task force had set up surveillance in the Hillsboro area and followed Toretto when he matched the suspect description. He was taken into custody without incident for first-degree criminal impersonation of a veteran.

Investigators did not release information on additional crimes, but hoped anyone who may have been victimized by Toretto would call (503) 326-2209 to report the incident. He was known to frequent bars and restaurants in the Tigard area.

Toretto was formerly known as Demetrius Bass, and he had a lengthy criminal history.  His neighbors knew nothing about his past.

"He's never asked us for anything or seemed to be after anything," said Jeff Bull.  "It's living a life, a weird life, but he's living a life."

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