Suspected police impersonator with knives, smoke grenade arrested outside US Capitol, police say


U.S. Capitol Police announced the arrest of a suspected law enforcement impersonator Tuesday who was found carrying a stash of knives and had a smoke grenade and a chainsaw blade in his vehicle outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

At 6:20 p.m. EST Monday, a Capitol Police officer noticed a man wanted for questioning by the U.S. Secret Service near the corner of 3rd Street and Madison Drive Northwest, just west of the U.S. Capitol grounds, according to a press release.

When police stopped the suspect, they said, they found multiple knives in his possession, as well as a chainsaw blade.

A Capitol Police officer patrols outside the United States Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2023, on the second anniversary of the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Secret Service officers arrived, searched the suspect’s Ford Explorer and found fake police equipment, the release says. Officers also discovered shell casings, a smoke grenade and a gas mask inside the SUV.

Police identified the suspect as Max Eli Viner, 37, and the Secret Service arrested him.


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