Tuesday, June 23, 2009

KSPR Confronts Convicted Killer Posing as ATF Agent with Airsoft Gun

KSPR confronted Mark "Maverick" Sager shortly after he posted bond on Tuesday. His neighbors at the Indian Point Marina say they were glad to see him go, but he surprised them by reappearing one day after he was arrested for impersonating an officer.

In the early months of 2009 an individual known as “Maverick” befriended several law enforcement officials in Stone County. “Maverick” lives on a boat at the Indian Point Marina and openly spoke about his past as a retired A.T.F. agent throughout the community.

“Maverick” had a retired police vehicle that he outfitted with lights, sirens and two way radio communications. He explained that although retired, he kept his car ready to assist where needed, and carried a firearm as protection from people he had dealt with in the past. He would also walk around the marina with an exposed airsoft gun, handcuffs, pager, phone and a spare airsoft gun magazine on his belt.

“Maverick” would “back up” law enforcement officers on different occasions by arriving on scene of a traffic stop or a call for service. As Stone County Deputies interacted with “Maverick” more frequently, they became suspicious and ran a criminal background check.

“Maverick” was identified as Mark Sager from the Platte County Area in Northern Kansas City. A criminal records check revealed that Mark Sager was arrested for Capital Murder in 1977 and was convicted of Manslaughter for the murder of a 14 year old girl when he was 17 years of age.

Mark Sager, white male 48 years of age, was arrested on June 22, 2009 at the Indian Point Marina. At the time of arrest he was wearing a makeshift duty belt as described earlier. It was determined that the weapon was an airsoft Glock Pistol.

Mark Sager has been charged with False Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer, a Class A Misdemeanor, and his bond has been set at $5,000 cash or surety. The investigation continues.

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