Police: Man impersonated US Marshal, using badge number from Dragnet

Edward D. Albright (provided)

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- Goose Creek police arrested a man they say was armed with a knife and pretending to be a United States Marshall.

According to a police report, officers were called to the parking lot of K Lounge on Goose Creek Blvd. just before 1 a.m. Sunday after two women ran from a man they said was armed with a 3.5 inch switchblade.

Two of the three witnesses told police they were walking to their cars when a man came up to them and asked to see their registration. One of the witnesses noticed the man had a knife behind his back, yelled for the other to call police and they both ran back into the K Lounge and locked the door.

The man, 48-year-old Edward D. Albright, told police he was a U.S. Marshall and that he was "investigating two vehicles that were in the parking lot that were stolen." He told police he didn't have his badge on him and wanted his field office to remain anonymous. He also said his boss was "Mr. Jones" but he couldn't remember his phone number.

As the police tried to contact the Charleston U.S. Marshall's office, Albright told them his badge number was 714.

"I immediately recalled (714) being the badge number of the fictional television character, Sgt. Joe Friday from the television series 'Dragnet'" the responding officer wrote in the report.

Albright is charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, carrying a knife and trespassing. A fine was set at $1092.50 for the weapons charge.