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Man accused of posing as teen online, NH robbery

July 23, 2012
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BRENTWOOD, N.H.—A Massachusetts man has been indicted on charges of posing as a 16-year-old girl online and then as a federal agent to rob a man in a New Hampshire parking lot.

Police say 48-year-old John Ruth of Haverhill is accused of convincing the man to meet him. When the man showed up, Ruth allegedly blocked his vehicle in the parking lot so he couldn't leave, ordered him out of the vehicle and said he was a federal agent with a sex crimes task force. Police say Ruth allegedly frisked the man and took his money, keys and driver's license.

Ruth turned himself into police earlier this year. The Eagle-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/OiUFwm) he was indicted by a Rockingham Superior Court grand jury on charges of false impersonation, false imprisonment and theft.

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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com

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