USCP Arrests Man with Faux Badge, Physique Armor & Excessive Capability Magazines:
A retired New York Metropolis police officer was arrested Friday morning exterior of the U.S. Capitol after being present in possession of a faux legislation enforcement badge, a BB gun, physique armor, ammunition and high-capacity magazines, Capitol police mentioned.
The ex-cop, 53-year-old Jerome Felipe of Flint, Mich., was noticed by a Capitol patrol officer simply earlier than 5 a.m. ET parked in a 2017 Dodge Charger close to Peace Circle, on the west facet of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., authorities mentioned.
Felipe introduced the Capitol law enforcement officials who spoke with him a faux badge that mentioned, “Division of the INTERPOL,” in accordance with Capitol police.
Interpol is the worldwide police group.
“Felipe additionally made a press release that he was a felony investigator with the company,” Capitol police mentioned.
After he gave police permission to look his car, officers discovered a BB gun, two ballistic vests, a number of high-capacity magazines, and different ammunition inside.
“No actual weapons have been discovered,” police mentioned.
Felipe was charged with illegal possession of excessive capability magazines and unregistered ammo, in accordance with police, who mentioned that investigators try to find out why he parked close to the Capitol.
A spokesman for the New York Police Division, when requested about Felipe, instructed CNBC in an electronic mail, “The person retired in 2018.”
“We’re absolutely cooperating with the US Capitol Police investigation,” the spokesman mentioned.
A web based database maintained by the New York State Division of Prison Justice Service contains details about Felipe being faraway from the NYPD for trigger in November 2018. It additionally says his elimination was pursuant to a regulation associated to “an worker’s resignation or retirement whereas a disciplinary course of has commenced.”
The Capitol was stormed on Jan. 6, 2021 by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump. They disrupted lawmakers as they confirmed President Joe Biden’s election throughout a joint session of Congress.
Greater than a dozen active-duty and retired law enforcement officials, a few of whom have been NYPD veterans, have been arrested for taking part within the invasion of the Capitol that day.
Final month, a federal jury in Washington convicted former NYPD officer Thomas Webster of assaulting a District of Columbia police officer throughout the riot. Webster attacked the cop with an aluminum pole whereas holding a Marine Corps flag, authorities mentioned.