The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 26, 2022 (Photo by Marisa Demarco / Source New Mexico)
A Michigan man is facing charges after being caught outside the U.S. Capitol Friday morning carrying a fake badge, a BB gun, body armor, high capacity magazines and other ammunition.
According to the U.S. Capitol Police, 53-year-old Jerome Felipe of Flint, presented a fake Interpol badge to an officer when questioned about parking his 2017 Dodge Challenger on the west side of the Capitol building.
Interpol, or the International Criminal Police Organization, is an international body that facilitates police cooperation worldwide.
Felipe, who is a retired New York police officer, also reportedly made a false statement that he was a criminal investigator with the agency.
Authorities say after Felipe gave officers permission to search his vehicle, they discovered a BB gun, two ballistic vests, several high capacity magazines, and other ammunition in the car, although no real guns were found.
The reason Felipe was parked near the U.S. Capitol remains under investigation. However, he is facing charges for Unlawful Possession of High Capacity Magazines and Unregistered Ammo.
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