Ex-Convict Impersonates Special Forces Officer at Bridge Collapse Site

from the anything-for-attention dept.

Investigators have identified the man who showed up in fatigues and a green beret at the Tulsa bridge-collapse site hours after the disaster, claiming to be an Army Special Forces officer and seeking (with at least some success) to take over various aspects of the operation. He was Billy Clark, a 36-year-old ex-convict from Tallapoosa, Mo. Clark apparently commandeered a pickup from a car dealership in order to travel to the site, then arrived on the scene telling anyone who would listen that he was “in charge”. He subsequently rented eight rooms in a nearby hotel (only one of which he used; the rest were for his “team”, which never arrived), and ate lots of free food. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest.

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