Reno man posing as preacher arrested by federal marshals

U.S. Marshals arrested a 68-year-old man on a warrant out of California, who is believed to have been posing as a preacher, federal authorities reported.

James Edward Bryant was arrested in the 500 block of West Third Street in Reno, the marshals reported in a news release. They also indicated he had tried to resist arrest.

The news release also said that Bryant has been booked into the Washoe County Jail for failing to register as a sex offender in Nevada and for the possession of a dangerous weapon identified by the marshals as a Taser.

“Investigators were told, by members of the public, that Bryant was known in the community as a preacher,” U.S. Marshals said in the release.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert M. Alexander reported that Bryant is from Northern California and believed to have been in Reno since October, volunteering in a local church. The name of the church is not being disclosed.

The warrant dates back to Oct. 11, 2012, in connection with Bryant being a California parolee at-large. Bryant has a conviction for sex offenses against a minor under the age of 14, the marshals said in the news release.

The Marshals Northern Nevada Fugitive Task Force arrested Bryant within six hours of being contacted by their San Francisco counterparts. Bryant is facing extradition to California.

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