DUNCAN, Okla. — Law enforcement has issued a warrant for a Duncan man who is accused of approaching a home in Marlow and identifying himself as a deputy.

According to court records, Kyle Lee Criss, of Duncan, was wanted as of press time for a charge of impersonating a police officer.

Records indicate the warrant stems from a call Marlow Police received around 12:20 p.m. Nov. 1, where a concerned resident advised their residence had been approached by a man named Kyle Criss who stated he was a “deputy” and at the home to collect items belonging to two other people.

The reporting party advised Marlow Police they called because the interaction with Criss was “very uncomfortable.” They advised law enforcement the man was sporting a badge hooked on to his belt next to a gun and when the home owner said this wasn’t enough identification, Criss allegedly showed his driver’s license and a weapons license indicating Criss was “proficient” with a firearm.

Again, the resident told police Criss again said he was there to collect belongings and the person said there was nothing belonging to anyone else in their home and asked for Criss to leave. The report said Criss had a black eye and said it happened “on the job.” Affidavits also report it appeared someone else was in the vehicle, which was a black SUV, driven by Criss at the time he appeared at the residence.

Another person in the home heard the man at the door identify himself as a deputy but didn’t think anything of it, reports state.

Marlow Police first contact Stephens County Sheriff’s Office to see if a Criss worked for their agency, either in the sheriff’s office or in the jail, and Marlow Police were also told deputies “do not do civil stand by and do not go to homes to retrieve property without a court order or a write of assist.”

Further investigation of Criss on social media discovered he had a Grady County memorial badge and a CERT team badge from Lawton Geo Group. Employment of Criss as a detention officer in Grady County was later verified, though Criss had only been working there since September 2019, reports state.

A Lieutenant with Grady County verified Criss had a black eye from an incident in the jail and confirmed the weapons card was issued to Criss but did not indicate CLEET certification or CLEET training. The same Lieutenant later retrieved the badge and weapons card from Criss and provided copies to law enforcement in Stephens County after also verifying Criss was driving a black SUV.

When officers in Stephens County spoke with Criss in an interview on Nov. 3, he denied ever asking to retrieve property and said he didn’t identify himself as a deputy or law enforcement officer but agreed that wearing a uniform from the Grady County Jail and gun and a badge would appear to others that he was with law enforcement.

The reporting party was able to confirm Criss was the same man at their door two days before, according to a report.


Belew writes for The Duncan Banner, a CNHI News Service publication.

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