Man makes bizarre visit to mother’s house

Other son says brother shows up acting like a police officer

Robert Sheetz

A Denver man is facing charges after authorities say he showed up at his mother’s home in Fruitvale demanding he be let inside, while flashing a badge and identifying himself as a police officer.

Robert Sheetz, 24, is free on a personal-recognizance bond after his arrest last week on a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office warrant for impersonation of a peace officer, a Class 6 felony.

Mesa County deputies pursued an investigation after they were contacted June 23 by a senior official with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, according to an arrest warrant.

Richard Sheetz, Robert’s brother, called authorities three days after a strange incident involving Robert at a home in the 500 block of Kirby Drive, where Richard lives with their mother. The affidavit said Richard Sheetz told authorities his brother turned up at the home June 20, banging on the front door and yelling, “Police, open up or I’ll kick it in.”

Richard Sheetz said his brother was holding a folding wallet with a gold and silver metallic badge, which appeared to be an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office badge. Robert Sheetz’s wife was standing behind him on the front porch. When Richard asked his brother what he does for the police agency, Robert replied something to the effect of, “patrol, jail, whatever you want,” and threatened to tear down the screen door and beat his brother with the door, the affidavit said.

“Richard stated Robert told him he is a cop so he has to let him inside,” the warrant said. “Richard said he asked Robert if he had a warrant and Robert said no.”

He was still denied entry.

The brothers’ mother eventually let Robert Sheetz inside her home, while the affidavit suggests the incident stemmed from a dispute over the ownership of a Jeep.

Richard Sheetz told authorities his brother had been kicked out of the U.S. Army.

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Lt. Randall Doizaki told Mesa County authorities that Robert Sheetz has never been employed by the agency.


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