The United States Secret Service detained a guy on Tuesday for reportedly pretending to be a police officer and carrying numerous knives close to the Capitol building.
Near the intersection of Third Street and Madison Drive, NW, at around 6:20 p.m., a member of the USCP’s Bicycle Response Team spotted a guy who the US Secret Service was interested in speaking with.
1) USCP: The United States Capitol Police (USCP) caught a suspected police impersonator with a stash of knives on Monday after receiving a tip from the United States Secret Service (USSS).— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 31, 2023
As soon as they arrived on the scene, the US Secret Service searched the suspect’s SUV and discovered phony police gear. Inside the suspect’s Ford Explorer, USSS officers also found shot casings, a smoke grenade, and a gas mask.
The Secret Service reported that Max Eli Viner, 37, had previously been wanted for questioning.
He was recognized by Capitol Hill police, who then reported him to the Secret Service, who quickly intervened and made an arrest.
Viner faces charges of impersonating a law officer, and possession of a prohibited weapon within the District of Columbia.
“This is another example of how our teams work closely with our partner law enforcement agencies to keep everyone safe. These partnerships are critical. We thank the U.S. Secret Service for their detailed and timely information, and we thank our officers who continue to show their dedication to our critical mission every day,” Tom Manger, the chief of US Capitol Police, said.