Police arrest alleged burglar posing as officer

UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014, 12:59 P.M.

Anthony Brower, 18, allegedly threatened woman with rifle

Spokane police arrested a man they say burglarized a home, armed with a replica rifle and telling residents he was a law enforcement officer.

Anthony Brower, 18, was booked into Spokane County Jail just after 10 p.m. Wednesday and faces charges of residential burglary and threats to kill another person. A resident called to report a suspicious person in the 8900 block of North Colton Street around 7:30 p.m., saying a man was walking around with what appeared to be a rifle and telling people in the neighborhood he was a police officer, according to a news release.

Officers took Brower into custody without incident. The rifle he was allegedly carrying turned out to be a replica, according to police. Investigators learned Brower had threatened a woman living in the area with the fake gun and burglarized a home there, according to allegations forwarded to prosecutors.

According to court documents, Brower was the victim of an assault inside the Wal-Mart at 9212 N. Colton at 11 p.m. on Monday. In that case Brower told police that he was chased inside the store and beaten by men he didn’t know. Police arrested Garrett A. Foote, Tyler J. Chapman and Darius C. McGhee. The three are facing charges of first-degree burglary. The incident was captured on surveillance video.

Brower will make a court appearance on the charges as early as this afternoon.

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