Garfield, AR - The U.S. Marshals
Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Benton County
Sheriff’s Office arrested Arthur James (AJ) Dicken of Garfield, Arkansas
early Friday morning on charges stemming from firearm violations. Dicken was
wanted by the Carson City, Nevada Sheriff's Office for Possession of a
Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony.
Dicken is alleged to have passed himself off as a highly decorated Navy
SEAL, who had served in dozens of covert combat missions from the jungles of
Vietnam to the caves of Afghanistan. Dicken, as it was later confirmed, had
never served in the military. Dicken often wore the Navy SEAL trident
insignia and loved to show off his numerous awards to include two
Congressional Medal of Honor awards.
The charges stemmed from when Dicken operated a military style self-defense
school in Carson City, Nevada. The training he provided included firearms
and self-defense tactics. Dicken was exposed after he was profiled on both
20/20 and Inside Edition as the result of alleged criminal acts. Additional
allegations include embezzlement and fraud where Dicken bilked investors out
of more than $850,000 for a proposed new international security firm.
U.S. Marshals in Reno, Nevada, working closely with the Carson City, Nevada
Sheriff’s Office, adopted the case and determined Dicken was likely in the
Northwest Arkansas area. Deputy U.S. Marshals in Western Arkansas began
working the case and determined Dicken was residing on Slate Gap Road in
Garfield, Arkansas. After careful coordination with the Benton County
Sheriff’s Office, Dicken was arrested without incident in the early morning
hours of February 14, 2014, where he was found residing in small
recreational vehicle. Dicken was transported to the Benton County Sheriff’s
Office, where he awaits extradition to Nevada to face his pending charges.
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