Police: Man impersonated police officer, pair arrested for extortion

Police: Man impersonated police officer, pair arrested for extortion

WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Detectives with the Warren County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Tuesday they said claimed to be a police officer in order to extort money from a victim.

Officials said detectives had been contacted by a man claiming to have been a victim of an elaborate scheme, where he had met a female, identified as Mendy Roberts, at a Marriott Hotel after responding to an ad on a website.

While he was there, another man, identified as Ronnie L. Tyler, burst into the room and identified himself as a police officer. He told the victim he would have to pay him cash to avoid criminal and professional consequences, according to the sheriff's office.

The victim told police Tyler reached out to a second time, demanding more money and that's when detectives arranged a meeting.

Tyler, 35, of Monroe, faces felony charges of extortion and impersonating a police officer.  Roberts, 32, of Middletown, faces one count of complicity to extortion, officials said.

Both are scheduled to be arraigned in Mason Municipal Court and are being held in the Warren County Jail without bond.

This incident is still under investigation by the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Lieutenant John Faine at 513-695-1522.

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