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Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Bentleyville man wanted on a felony fugitive warrant was arrested Tuesday night by U.S. Marshalls in Missouri.

Timothy Rossell, 24, of 721 Main St., is facing charges on three separate incidents accusing him of posing as a police officer.

Southwest Regional Police initially charged Rossell for allegedly identifying himself as a Missouri state trooper relocating to Pennsylvania when he arranged to sell a vehicle to Levi Mattey on Dec. 1.

Police said Mattey, of Fallowfield Township, agreed to purchase the vehicle from Rossell – who told him his name was Timothy Michael Keller – for $650, plus $150 for fuel. On March 20, Mattey said he paid for the vehicle but never received it and couldn't get in touch with the Rossell afterward.

Police discovered Keller was actually Rossell, and charged him with forgery, theft by deception, deceptive business practices, identity theft, and impersonating a public servant.

Upon further investigation, Southwest Regional Police discovered that Rossell was allegedly involved in two other like incidents.

On Dec. 15, Rossell identified himself as John Tobisti, a Pennsylvania state constable, attempted to purchase a Ford Crown Victoria that victim Jeffrey Paul of Glassport was selling on Craig's List. The suspect signed a contract to purchase the car, but then broke off contact with Paul, police said.

Rossell was charged with forgery, identity theft, deceptive business practices, theft by deception, unauthorized use of automobiles, and impersonating public servant.

On Dec. 21, Sara and Douglas Edwards entered into a contract to sell a 2005 Ford F-250 to Rossell, identifying himself as Timothy Brandhorst, police reported.

Rossell was charged with theft by deception, identity theft and deceptive business practices.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or

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