A Flint resident was arrested outside the U.S. Capitol Friday morning with a fake badge, BB gun, body armor, high-capacity magazines and other ammunition. No real guns were found.
Just before 5 a.m., Capitol Police began talking to Jerome Felipe, 53, who had parked his 2017 Dodge Charger near Peace Circle on the west side of the Capitol, according to a media release.
Felipe, a retired New York City police officer, presented a fake badge that read "Department of the INTERPOL." Felipe also made a false statement that he was a criminal investigator with the international law enforcement agency based in Lyon, France, police alleged.
Felipe gave officers permission to search his car, where they found a BB gun, two ballistic vests, several high-capacity magazines and other ammunition.
Investigators are trying to determine why he parked near the U.S. Capitol. The Flint man faces charges of unlawful possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines and unregistered ammo.
An ABC News producer-reporter tweets:
Capitol Police on Friday arrested a man with a fake badge, body armor and high capacity magazines. A Michigan man, who is a retired police officer out of NY, presented the officers with a fake badge that had "Department of the INTERPOL" printed on it. pic.twitter.com/31jqVWSG0w— Luke Barr (@LukeLBarr) June 3, 2022