Alleged fake U.S. marshal faces multiple felony charges

Posted: September 21, 2013

The Winchester Star

Talbert Foster DeHaven III

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Winchester man was arrested on Thursday following his indictment by a federal grand jury on four felony charges, including three counts of impersonating an officer.

Talbert Foster DeHaven III, 36, was also charged with one count of possessing a U.S. marshal badge.

The charges stem from several early-July incidents in Berkeley County, W.Va., according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

The alleged incidents outlined in the indictments:

DeHaven allegedly assumed, pretended and stated to be a deputy U.S. marshal in Berkeley County on or about July 3.

He possessed a “colorable imitation of a badge, identification and insignia of a design prescribed by the [U.S.] Marshal Service for use by a Deputy [U.S.] Marshal” on or about July 6 in Berkeley County.

DeHaven falsely assumed, pretended and stated to be a deputy U.S. marshal engaged in locating and apprehending a person charged with a crime while at the Taboo Gentlemen’s Club in Martinsburg on or about July 8.

He falsely assumed, pretended and stated to be a deputy U.S. marshal while at the Vixens Gentlemen’s Club in Bunker Hill, W.Va., on or about July 8.

DeHaven was arrested by U.S. marshals, according to Chris Zumpetta-Parr, a spokeswoman for the U.S. District Court.

He faces up to three years in prison on each of the impersonation charges and up to six months in prison on the possession charge, according to a news release from the court.

While online records showed DeHaven being held without bond in the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg on Friday afternoon, he was not listed as a jail inmate later in the day.

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com