Pennsylvania State Trooper Admits Spoofing Ninja Criminal

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The mystery of at least one person dressing as a ninja in Fayette County has been solved.

Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Charles Frey Jr., who is in charge of the crime unit investigating 11 vehicle break-ins and a near- stabbing in Fayette County on April 24, admitted on Friday to dressing like a ninja in a YouTube parody of the case.

Santino Guzzo told police he confronted a masked man dressed in black who was breaking into vehicles. When Guzzo went to get a closer look, he said the man attempted to stab him with a sword and then ran over a cliff.

In the parody, a man dressed in black, a dark mask covering all but his eyes, demands that police halt their investigation, then asks for a case of Milwaukee's Best beer.

"Yeah, it's me," Frey told the Tribune-Review.

Asked whether any state police equipment was used to produce or post the videos, he said, "Absolutely not." He declined further comment.

Frey later told WPXI-TV that he did nothing to harm the image or reputation of the state police. He said he posted the video just for the humor of it.

"I'm making fun of a stupid criminal. I see absolutely nothing wrong with it," Frey said.

State police press secretary Jack Lewis in Harrisburg said the agency "has no comment at this time" on the videos or whether the agency has a policy on employees' use of social networking sites. …