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A Michigan man arrested in the US Capitol with a fake badge, BB pistol, body armor, high-capacity magazines and unregistered ammunition claimed the entire incident was a misunderstanding.

Jerome Felipe, 53, a retired NYPD officer now living in Flint, was arrested just after 5 a.m. Friday morning after parking his 2017 Dodge Charger outside the Capitol near Peace Circle.

He had a fake badge with the name of a fabricated agency printed on it: ‘Department of the INTERPOL’.

Felipe allowed officers to search his vehicle and said he had “nothing to hide.”

Jerome Felipe, 53, a retired NYPD officer now living in Flint, was arrested just after 5 a.m. Friday morning after parking his 2017 Dodge Charger outside the Capitol near Peace Circle.

Felipe reportedly had a fake

Felipe reportedly had a fake “Department of the INTERPOL” badge printed on it and said he was a “criminal detective, at the fabricated agency,” agents said.

Felipe was arrested in the US Capitol with a fake badge, a BB pistol, body armor, high-capacity magazines and other ammunition

Felipe was arrested in the US Capitol with a fake badge, a BB pistol, body armor, high-capacity magazines and other ammunition

Police were alerted when Felipe parked his Dodge on the west side of the Capitol Building

Police were alerted when Felipe parked his Dodge on the west side of the Capitol Building

Felipe was arrested just after 5 a.m. on Friday.  Pictured above is the ammunition the police found

Felipe was arrested just after 5 a.m. on Friday. Pictured above is the ammunition the police found

The vests, the BB pistol, and the bag full of papers that Felipe brought to the crime scene are ready in the Capitol parking lot.  It follows an increase in threats and attacks on Congress in recent years

The vests, the BB pistol, and the bag full of papers that Felipe brought to the crime scene are ready in the Capitol parking lot. It follows an increase in threats and attacks on Congress in recent years

The officers discovered a BB gun, two ballistic vests, several high-capacity magazines and other ammunition in the car, although no actual weapons were found.

Investigators are still trying to figure out why Felipe was parked near the U.S. Capitol, police said.

Felipe is being charged with unlawful possession of high-capacity magazines and unregistered ammunition.

Felipe told the Daily news that the entire incident was a misunderstanding, labeling the charges of illegal possession of high-capacity magazines and unregistered ammunition as ‘bullsh**’.

“They asked me if they could search the vehicle, I said, ‘Of course you can search the vehicle. I have nothing to hide,’ said Felipe.

“Then they said, ‘Put it on, he’s got ammunition in the car.’ So what ammunition do I have in the car? You can’t do anything with it. What am I going to do? Throw at someone?’

Felipe retired from the NYPD in 2018.  He is a photo when he was still working for the police

Felipe retired from the NYPD in 2018. He is a photo when he was still working for the police

Felipe is pictured wearing body armor and a combat veteran baseball cap in a social media photo

Felipe is pictured wearing body armor and a combat veteran baseball cap in a social media photo

Felipe likes to take selfies in different poses, be it in police attire or smart suits

Felipe likes to take selfies in different poses, be it in police attire or smart suits

The former officer said he had driven from The Bronx to North Carolina to attend his grandmother’s funeral and decided to stop when he made a pit stop in D.C.

He also claimed to be going to North Carolina to pick up a medal at the Presidential Service Center, which consists primarily of former White House, Air Force One, and presidential personnel. The Center has denied the existence of such an award.

‘I have nothing to hide. I’m a retired NYPD officer and a former US Marine, and I’m 53. If I haven’t done anything crazy so far, why try now?’ he protested.

Felipe told the news that he provides professional training on gun safety and that the bullets he had were for his demonstration.

He said he tried to be friendly and took a photo in front of the Capitol with fellow law enforcement officers.

‘I approached them and said, ‘Good morning.’ I was a brother, I’m a retired law enforcement officer. I’m pro law enforcement.”

The came Dodge vehicle parked outside the Capitol is pictured on Felipe's Instagram

The came Dodge vehicle parked outside the Capitol is pictured on Felipe’s Instagram

Felipe claimed to have traveled to North Carolina for his grandmother's funeral

Felipe claimed to have traveled to North Carolina for his grandmother’s funeral

Felipe claims he subsequently showed police an official card stating that he retired from the NYPD and that he bought the Interpol badge online “because it looks official.”

“I said I use it for my business. I was tired, I was exhausted. It was 5:30 in the morning. They said I said I was a special agent.’

Felipe also believes he was targeted by Capitol police who showed nervousness after the Jan. 6 riots.

“Because of January 6, 2021 because I have high capacity laps in the car they think I’m going to do something? There were no weapons there.

Felipe explained how he showed the Capitol Police that he was a retired NYPD officer

Felipe explained how he showed the Capitol Police that he was a retired NYPD officer

“These were their exact words: ‘Because of everything that is happening and everything that is going on, they have to do their job,'” he claimed.

“Now I understand, but you’re telling me you can’t use common sense?”

The latest incident at the Capitol follows an increase in threats and attacks.

US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said last year there were 9,000 threats against members of Congress in 2021 alone.

It also stems from a string of high-profile mass shootings and just hours after President Joe Biden called for a ban on high-capacity magazines.

An NYPD spokesperson told the New York Post Felipe retired in 2018.

Felipe also claimed to be going to North Carolina to pick up a medal at the Presidential Service Center, which is primarily made up of former White House, Air Force One and ex-presidential personnel.

Felipe also claimed to be going to North Carolina to pick up a medal at the Presidential Service Center, which is primarily made up of former White House, Air Force One and ex-presidential personnel.

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