Shirtless man accused of impersonating U.S. marshal

Gregory Simpson. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

A shirtless Edinburgh man was arrested Friday after entering a Columbus yard and claiming to be a U.S. marshal.

The homeowner was in the backyard with her small children at about 4:10 p.m. in the 2900 block of McKinley Avenue when the man entered the yard and refused to leave. He said that he didn’t have to leave because he was a U.S. marshal.

Officers arrived and spoke with the man, identified as 32-year-old Gregory A. Simpson of Edinburgh, who claimed that he had been a U.S. marshal while he served in the military, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department. Police said Simpson appeared to be on narcotics. He was first taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment and then arrested on preliminary charges of public intoxication and impersonating a police officer.