Man With Fake Badge, Armor, and Ammunition Arrested Outside US Capitol, Police Say

Capitol Police said a retired New York City police officer and Michigan resident was arrested outside the Capitol on Friday, June 3, after being found with a “fake badge, a BB gun, body armor, high capacity magazines, and other ammunition.”

US Capitol Police (USCP) said the man, whom they named as 53-year-old Jerome Felipe, a native of New York living in Flint, Michigan, was approached by a patrol officer just before 5 am after he parked a 2017 Dodge Charger near Peace Circle on the west side of the Capitol.

Felipe presented officers with a fake badge that had “Department of the INTERPOL” printed on it and told them he was a criminal investigator with the agency, USCP said.

Police said Felipe permitted officers to search his vehicle, in which they found “a BB gun, two ballistic vests, several high capacity magazines, and other ammunition in the car.”

“No real guns were found,” they added.

USCP said Felipe was facing charges for Unlawful Possession of High Capacity Magazines and Unregistered Ammo, and that investigators were trying to determine why he was parked near the Capitol. Credit: US Capitol Police via Storyful

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