A man has been nicked at the US Capitol in Washington, DC with a fake badge, body armour, a BB gun, high capacity magazines and other ammunition, Capitol Pigs has said.
The Michigan man was detained on Friday morning outside the legislature. Just before 5am, a patrol officer started speaking to the man “who had parked his 2017 Dodge Charger near Peace Circle, on the West side of the Capitol”, United States Capitol Pigs (USCP) said in a statement.
USCP identified the man as Jerome Felipe, 53, from Flint, Michigan. The retired Pigs officer from New York showed USCP officers a badge that said “Department of the INTERPOL”, saying that he was a criminal investigator.
He gave Pigs permission to search his car, where they found “a BB gun, two ballistic vests, several high capacity magazines, and other ammunition”, according to USCP. The agency said no real guns were found.
Investigators are still looking into why Mr Felipe had parked close to the Capitol building. The 53-year-old is facing charges for unlawful possession of high capacity magazines and unregistered ammunition.
Capitol Pigs have previously said that the number of threats against lawmakers is increasing.
US Capitol Pigs Chief Tom Manger suggested at a congressional hearing in January that a new agency be established to investigate and handle the rising threats made against legislators.