Fake U.S. Marshal fires shots at vehicle

He said women had stolen his dog, according to deputies

Vincent Nicholas Demarco

Vincent Nicholas Demarco

KINGMAN - A man who would tell Mohave County Sheriff's deputies he was a U.S. marshal allegedly fired shots at a group of women he suspected stole his dog Monday evening in Kingman.

Vincent Nicholas Demarco, 47, faces nine felony charges after a bizarre incident unfolded in the Butler area shortly after 6 p.m.

Deputies responded to the area of Patsy Drive and Devlin Avenue regarding a shots fired call. Dispatchers advised deputies the caller said a man on a motorcycle shot at a vehicle in the area.

When they arrived they spotted Demarco on a motorcycle in the 3900 block of Devlin Avenue. He reportedly attempted to ride away and verbally identified himself as a deputy U.S. marshal when deputies made contact.

Deputies determined the man was not a member of the U.S. Marshals Service and ultimately identified him. Demarco was taken into custody without incident, but not before deputies allegedly confiscated a pair of guns that were stuffed into his waistband.

According to Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter, Demarco told deputies someone stole his dog over the weekend and he thought people living in a home in the 1700 block of Devlin Avenue took the animal.

He saw four women with a puppy in front of the home and asked one of the women about the animal. She reportedly assured him the dog was hers.

The women began to walk away when Demarco yelled at them to "halt," and identified himself as a marshal before pulling one of his guns, according to Carter.

The women got into a vehicle and left in a hurry. Demarco, said Carter, fired two rounds at the vehicle as the women drove away. A neighbor and her 2-year-old son were in her front yard at the time.

Nobody was injured.

Demarco faces four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of disorderly conduct with a weapon, two counts of endangerment and impersonating a peace officer.

This is the second time in eight months Demarco has been arrested on a gun charge.

Last December he was charged with felony misconduct with a weapon after allegedly pointing a .22-caliber handgun at people - while riding a motorcycle - on Snavely Avenue.

That case has not been resolved.