USCP arrests man with fake ID, body armor and high capacity magazines:
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A retired New York City police officer was arrested Friday morning outside the US Capitol after being found in possession of a fake law enforcement badge, BB gun, gun bullet-proof vest, ammunition and high-capacity magazines, Capitol Police said.
Ex-cop, 53, Jerome Felipe of Flint, Michigan, was spotted by a Capitol Patrol officer just before 5 a.m. ET parked in a 2017 Dodge Charger near Peace Circle on the west side of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. DC, authorities said.
Felipe presented the Capitol police who spoke to him with a fake badge that read “INTERPOL Department”, according to the Capitol Police.
Interpol is the international police organization.
“Felipe also said he was a criminal investigator with the agency,” Capitol Police said.
After allowing police to search his vehicle, officers found a BB gun, two ballistic vests, several high capacity magazines and other ammunition inside.
“No real weapon was found,” police said.
Felipe has been charged with unlawful possession of high-capacity magazines and unregistered ammunition, according to police, who said investigators are trying to determine why he parked near the Capitol.
A New York Police Department spokesperson, when asked about Felipe, told CNBC in an email, “The individual retired in 2018.”
“We are fully cooperating with the United States Capitol Police investigation,” the spokesperson said.
A senior NYPD official told WNBC in New York that Felipe retired on disability after less than 20 years of service and did not receive a so-called good guy letter, which means he is not hadn’t been allowed to carry a gun like many NYPD cops are when they retire.
An online database maintained by the New York State Divisional Criminal Justice Department includes information about Felipe’s removal for cause from the NYPD in November 2018. It also states that his removal was in accordance with a related settlement. at “an employee’s resignation or retirement the process has begun.”
NBC News, citing a senior NYPD official, reported that Felipe retired as he faced allegations that he misrepresented himself in official proceedings as a detective despite his rank. real was a police officer.
The Capitol was stormed on January 6, 2021 by a crowd of supporters of former President Donald Trump. They disrupted lawmakers by confirming the election of President Joe Biden in a joint session of Congress.
More than a dozen active duty and retired police officers, some of whom were veterans of the NYPD, were arrested for participating in the invasion of the Capitol that day.
Last month, a federal jury in Washington found former NYPD officer Thomas Webster guilty of assaulting a District of Columbia police officer during the riot. Webster attacked the cop with an aluminum pole while holding a Marine Corps flag, authorities said.
– Additional reports by Tom Winter from NBC News