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Milltown Resident Arrested for Impersonating a Federal Agent


MILLTOWN, NJ - A biazzare string of events transpired on Tuesday, April 5 that led to the arrest of an area male.

Events unfolded after police received a phone call at the Milltown Police Department from an unidentified man who claimed to be a Federal DEA agent.

"The man made threatening statements about a police officer in reference to a summons being issues," Lieutenant Chris Johnson, a detective with the Milltown Police Department, explained via an email. "Later in the day, the same unidentified man approached a uniformed police officer on Washington Avenue who was on a motor vehicle stop and identified himself as a Federal DEA agent and a K-9 handler."

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After speaking with the officer, the man drove away in a Chevy Sport utility vehicle. Police located him later in the Borough parking lot.

As the investigation continued, the man was eventually identified at 46-year-old Milltown resident, Richard Toth. Toth was arrested in the parking lot. He wore a K-9 shirt with a police logo on it. He was also in possession of handcuff keys and a police-style badge.

Officers recovered 23 knives and machetes, two crossbows complete with metal tip arrows, two police batons, an empty pistol holder and an empty ammunition magazine pouch.

A subsequent search of Toth's primary residence in Edison revealed a 9mm pistol.

After his arrest, Toth was charged with impersonating a police officer, unlawful possession of handcuffs, unlawful possession of weapons, harrassment, obstruction of justice and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Toth was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Cener in New Brunswick after failing to post $10,000 bail.

The investigation into the April 5 incident is ongoing and police expect additional charges to follow.

If any residents have any additional information they are asked to call the Milltown Detective Bureau at 732-828-1100 or contact Lt. Chris Johnson at cjohnson@milltownpd.org or Detective Sargeant Bill Fama at wfama@milltownpd.org.

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