The U.S. Capitol received a scare on Friday.
According to Capitol police, a Michigan man was arrested after he showed Capitol Police an alleged fake badge that read Department of the Interpol.
After a search of the man’s truck, the police found high-powered ammunition, body armor, and a BB Gun.
The man arrested was a 53-year-old former New York Police Officer.
An investigation is still underway on the bizarre incident.
Capitol Police say they arrested a man parked outside the Capitol who had a fake badge that says “Department of the INTERPOL” on it and claimed he was an Interpol criminal investigator.
He also had:
– A BB gun
– Body armor
– High capacity magazines
– Ammunition pic.twitter.com/FEBOxHm8wZ
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) June 3, 2022
#BREAKING Man arrested outside US Capitol with fake badge, several high-capacity magazines & ammo
— 7News DC (@7NewsDC) June 3, 2022
The Daily Caller had more on the story:
Michigan man was arrested Friday morning just outside the U.S. Capitol after he was caught carrying high-capacity magazines in his car.
Capitol authorities made the arrest after the suspect, 53-year-old Flint, Michigan, resident and retired New York police officer, Jerome Felipe, allowed police to search his vehicle, the release stated.
Felipe apparently tried to deceive the capitol patrol officer by showing them a fake badge that read “Department of the INTERPOL,” and making a false statement that he was a criminal investigator, the press statement said.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) June 3, 2022
The Capitol Police dropped these details:
A Michigan man was arrested outside of the U.S. Capitol this morning after he was found with a fake badge, a BB gun, body armor, high capacity magazines and other ammunition.
Just before 5:00 am, a U.S. Capitol Police patrol officer started talking to a man who had parked his 2017 Dodge Challenger near Peace Circle, on the West side of the Capitol.
The man was identified as 53 year old Jerome Felipe out of Flint, Michigan.
Felipe, who is a retired police officer out of New York, presented the USCP officers with a fake badge that had “Department of the INTERPOL” printed on it. Felipe also made a false statement that he was a criminal investigator with the agency.
Felipe gave officers permission to search his vehicle. The officers discovered a BB gun, two ballistic vests, several high capacity magazines, and other ammunition in the car. No real guns were found.
Investigators are still working to determine the reason Felipe was parked near the U.S. Capitol.
Felipe is facing charges for Unlawful Possession of High Capacity Magazines and Unregistered Ammo.