WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — United States Capitol Police (USCP) said its officers arrested a person who appeared to be impersonating a police officer near the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
USCP said around 6:20 p.m., an officer with its Bicycle Response Team was in the area of 3rd Street NW and Madison Drive NW when he saw a man on the corner whom the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) wanted for questioning. Officers with USSS saw the man a few minutes before that near Constitution Avenue NW and 15th Street NW.
USCP officers said they searched the man, Max Eli Viner, 37, and found a number of knives and a chainsaw blade on him.
Members of USSS arrived and searched Viner’s SUV and found fake police equipment, shell casings, a smoke grenade, and a gas mask.
The United States Secret Service quickly arrived on scene, searched the suspect’s SUV, and found fake police equipment. USSS officers also discovered shell casings, a smoke grenade and a gas mask inside the suspect’s Ford Explorer.
As of Tuesday morning, pending charges against Viner were Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon within the District of Columbia.