The Great Pretender

By Joe Martone

Posted August 30, 2012 in News
It has been said that you should dress for the job you want. If you want to be a policeman, maybe you should reconsider that policy, especially if you’re a felon suspected to be in possession of a firearm. According to The Press-Enterprise, Corona resident Nathon Charles Gomez was charged with a felony after police stopped him in Murrieta. His car was modified to look like a law enforcement vehicle and he had a fake CIA badge and ID card.  Harmless, right? It would be, save for the issue that he also had a ballistic vest, a black tactical vest with “police” on the front and back, a Motorola radio, a holster with a 9mm gun that shoots blank rounds equipped with a silencer, and 13 high-capacity handgun magazines that held real-deal 9mm ammunition, according to court records. Now there’s a problem. Gomez claimed to have no use for the items and did not intend to imitate law enforcement, but that sounds a little too elaborate to be a Halloween costume. Gomez was jailed with a $15,000 bail.


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