The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle has filed seven felony charges against a 43-year-old Lake Stevens man accused of impersonating an FBI agent to rob business owners.

The complaint filed in U.S. District Court against Steven W. Fisher includes one count of robbery, five counts of impersonation of a federal officer and one count of attempted robbery.

Fisher’s first alleged robbery is believed to have occurred when he went to the Red Sea Financial Center in the 2300 block of South Jackson Street in the Central District on Jan. 25.

He allegedly flashed a badge and impersonated an FBI agent to gain access to a secure area inside the facility, handing the owner a search warrant signed by Frank Abagnale, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. That is the name of a serial check fraudster portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, “Catch Me If You Can.” The warrant was purchased off, according to the complaint.

The Red Sea owner showed Fisher that day’s transactions after the suspect allegedly stated he was there because of a “bad transaction.” The complaint says when the owner asked why Fisher wanted to check other boxes in a different room, Fisher pulled a gun on him and ordered him to open the safe. Fisher is alleged to have made off with $128,259 in cash.

Fisher then allegedly locked the owner in a back room with a padlock and then took the computer tower that maintained the business’ hard drive for surveillance cameras, the complaint states. The Red Sea owner identified Fisher as the suspect on Aug. 25, according to the complaint.

Fisher is suspected of being involved in a series of incidents that occurred in July and August, and law enforcement is continuing to investigate. Anyone who may have been a victim is asked to call Seattle Police at 206-684-5540.

On July 26, the manager of the money wiring service Dahabshil, Inc. in Rainier Valley called police to report receiving a phone call from a man claiming to be special FBI agent Jack Ryan (this is the name of a character in Tom Clancy novels). This was reportedly Fisher, and he asked the manager to meet him behind the neighboring Chase Bank. There he informed the manager the FBI was aware of a plan to break into Dahabshil that night, and then told him to remove all cash from the premises, according to the complaint. Fisher reportedly called him again to see if the manager had received permission to remove the cash, and also to inquire about the surveillance cameras for the business, the complaint states. The manager called police.

Fisher reportedly went back to Dahabshil on Aug. 19, carrying a briefcase and showing fake FBI credentials. He told the manager the person who had been planning to rob the business had been arrested, and now he wanted to check surveillance files, the complaint states. As soon as the manager had seen Fisher enter the business, however, he had pushed the panic alarm.

Fisher reportedly told the responding officer that he was there to wire money, and denied impersonating an FBI agent. The complaint states he eventually admitted that inside the briefcase he was carrying he had an airsoft pistol with a suppressor, handcuffs and fraudulent law enforcement documents.

Officers found Fisher’s vehicle several blocks away from Dahabshil, where an air soft rifle, duct tape and leg manacles were seen in the back, according to the complaint.

Other items found during a search of Fisher’s vehicle include a laptop, one tow-way radio and earpiece, an airsoft sniper rifle scope, sniper suit, GoPro, cellphone, Seahawk tickets, a black nylon bag with a Seattle City Light helmet, vest, goggles and marking paint, gambling receipts from the Tulalip Casino, airsoft body armor and a .380 pistol with an empty magazine; live rounds were in another magazine next to it.

Following his arrest, law enforcement also connected Fisher to a burglary and similar fraud attempt in SeaTac back in late June, the complaint states.

Fisher is set to appear in U.S. District Court at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

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