Back in May, the man, Nicholas M. Fuhst, entered a Hooters restaurant in Kochville Township. While there, he told people there he was an undercover cop. Fuhst also said he wanted to see a list of the people who worked at the restaurant before asking for even more information about some of the employees on the list.
One of the servers at Hooters was suspicious of Fuhst’s request, so she called the real police. The incident was investigated and Fuhst was arrested. During the arrest, police searched Fuhst’s backpack and discovered knives, zip ties and lighter fluids. The employee list was found too, and there were two names circled on it.
Joseph Albosta said he thinks there were dark thoughts going through Fuhst’s mind. The Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Christopher Boyd, said Fuhst indicated he went to Hooters because he wanted to speak with the waitresses to see if they would befriend him on Facebook.
Last week, Fuhst entered his no contest plea to a felony charge of impersonating a peace officer to commit a crime. He now faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison.
His plea agreement calls for the judge to sentence him within the state’s sentencing guidelines. This will be scored at 0-13 months or 0-25 months. The judge will then set a maximum sentence, but Fuhst is a third-time habitual offender, which means he possibly faces a penalty of eight years in prison.
Fuhst has been in trouble in the past. He was on probation for unrelated crimes of malicious destruction of personal property of more than $1,000 and arson of personal property worth more than $1,000.
September 8 is when Fuhst will return to court for sentencing. Until then, he remains in jail without bond.