Man impersonated federal agents three times, including at Amtrak crash site
Michael Alvaro, 37, of Frankford, was indicted this week for impersonating a federal agent on three separate occasions in the last year.
The first charge stems from an accident on the I-95 North corridor back in November, 2014. A Pennsylvania State Trooper stopped at the scene and cuffed one of the drivers who had a warrant for his arrest. Out of the blue, Alvaro pulls over on the highway shoulder and identifies himself as an agent from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). He proceeds to assist the trooper in detaining one of the individuals in the car and conducting a thorough search of the vehicle.
In February, 2015, he struck again in disguise, prosecutors say. Alvaro again misidentified himself as a DEA agent to local authorities in an attempt to "obtain information regarding a homicide investigation."
It gets even more bizarre.
In May, Alvaro then allegedly gained access to the Amtrak derailment site in the city's Frankford section. This time he switched up his faux employer, court records say, identifying himself on scene as an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Alvaro was reportedly wearing a vest that said "police." Two actual Philadelphia police officers, a detective and a sergeant from the city's bomb disposal unit, then left Alvaro to secure the parameter of a crater left by one of the Amtrak train cars. When the officers returned later, Alvaro was gone.
Alvaro's intentions are not made clear in the court documents. His official charges are three counts of impersonating a federal officer and conducting an official search while impersonating an office. He is currently out on a $10,000 bail.