AYER -- A fugitive from justice, convicted of impersonating military personnel, will return to Florida to face charges thanks to a suspicious town resident who called police.
The resident thought Kyle Barwan's story did not add up, according to police Lt. Brian Gill. Barwan had recently resided with the caller.
The resident was correct. Police learned there was a nationwide warrant for Barwan's arrest.
He was wanted in Florida for impersonating military personnel and other charges. Ayer police got in touch with the Polk County Sheriff's Office to make a plan.
"They were very interested in getting him back," Gill said.
On Friday, Sept. 29, Ayer police arrested him and brought him to the station. On Monday, Ayer District Court held Barwan without bail. He is to be picked up by the Florida sheriff's office by mid-October.
A video of Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd discussing Barwan in May is on their Facebook page.
Barwan served five years in federal prison for impersonating military personnel, Judd said. He had been arrested again after a woman he met through an online dating site, Plenty of Fishes, introduced the impersonator to her family.
Her brothers, who were in the military, got on to him quickly.
In May, Barwan faced three probation violations and new charges, according to the sheriff.
The sheriff's office website shows a warrant dated Sept. 6 for the offense of scheming to defraud/unlawful use of uniforms.
The Lakeland Police Department website has two charges dated May 24: one for violation of probation and a second of soliciting/misrepresenting military uniform/medal/insignia.
They also show charge of soliciting/misrepresenting military uniform/medal/insignia on Jan. 31, 2017, and an earlier out-of-county warrant arrest from Hillsborough, Florida on Jan. 25.
Judd did not hold his punches in the video.
"This guy is a real problem. Get a good look at him," Judd said while holding a photo of Barwan. "This guy is a liar."
When Barwan tried to join the military, he could not. They put him out, Judd said.
"He tells you he's former military. He tells you he's former ranking officer in the military. He tells you he's a Green Beret," the sheriff said. "What he is a walking, talking nut."
"I think he's got a hitch in his giddy-up," Judd said.
A call to the Polk County Sheriff's Office was not returned immediately.
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