Man Arrested After Allegedly Posing as FBI Agent, Threatening Woman in South El Monte Burglary

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A 50-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly broke into a South El Monte home and threatened a woman while posing as an FBI agent, authorities announced Wednesday.

Surveillance video shows a man who allegedly impersonated an FBI agent and threatened a woman during a residential burglary in South El Monte, authorities said. (Credit: Los Angles County Sheriff's Department/KTLA)

Surveillance video shows a man who allegedly impersonated an FBI agent and threatened a woman during a residential burglary in South El Monte on Dec. 14, 2015, authorities said. (Credit: Los Angles County Sheriff's Department/KTLA)

The incident took place about 8 p.m. Monday in the 2300 block of Santa Anita Avenue, where the suspect forced his way through the window of an unoccupied bedroom after peering inside for more than four minutes, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

He encountered two female victims -- a 17-year-old girl and her mother -- in an upstairs bedroom and told them he was an FBI agent investigating a bomb threat, but refused to provide identification, sheriff's Sgt. Michael Martinez said.

The man asked the woman to remove her clothing, and when she refused "he asked again and told her that if she did not cooperate he would kill her entire family," the sergeant said in an interview.

The woman then called downstairs to her husband, who went upstairs to investigate, according to a sheriff's news release. The suspect fled the location after one of the female victims asked another household member to call the police, authorities said.

Part of the incident was captured on home surveillance video, which was reviewed by detectives from the sheriff's Temple station, officials said.

Investigators subsequently identified the suspect as 50-year-old Robert Rodriguez of South El Monte, according to the Sheriff's Department.

As Rodriguez exited his home Tuesday, deputies arrested him without incident on suspicion of residential burglary, impersonating a peace officer and criminal threats, the news release said.

He was being held without bail, the statement said, and is expected to appear in Superior Court on Thursday.