Michigan Man Arrested Outside U.S. Capitol with Body Armor and High-Capacity Magazines

June 03, 2022, 2:28 PM by  Allan Lengel

Part of the evidence confiscated early Friday. (Photo: U.S. Capitol Police)

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:

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