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Feds: Orlando man impersonates U.S. marshal at protest

Federal prosecutors say John Wesley Mobley Jr. had a Glock-replica BB gun, a fake badge and handcuffs. Photo: DOJ

A 36-year-old Orlando man faces a federal charge after police say he impersonated a U.S. marshal during protests on Sunday.

The criminal complaint says John Wesley Mobley Jr. had a BB-gun resembling a Glock pistol, handcuffs and a fake badge. Orlando police say he threatened to arrest protesters who blocked his car and that he later caused a disturbance.

He told officers, quote, “I just wanted to help.”

Mobley has a history of burglary and theft, and is already on probation for pretending to be a cop.

John Wesley Mobley Jr. is already on probation after impersonating a law enforcement officer in Gainesville. Photo: FDOC

A few years ago, Gainesville police say he dressed up as an officer and, with a German shepherd impersonating a police dog, confronted an 11-year-old autistic boy and his family.

In that case, police say Mobley threatened to handcuff the child for not paying attention, which greatly upset the boy.

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Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.