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Man Carrying Stash Of Knives, Impersonating Cop Arrested By Secret Service Near U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC – The U.S. Secret Service (USSS) arrested a man for impersonating a police officer near the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday after they found him carrying a large stash of knives.

Authorities said that the suspect – 37-year-old Max Eli Viner – had been previously identified as wanted for questioning by Secret Service, FOX News reported.

So, when U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) encountered Viner on Jan. 31 near the U.S. Capitol complex, they quickly reported him to that law enforcement agency.

USSS officers responded to the scene and searched Viner and his vehicle that was parked nearby.

Officers found Viner was carrying a stash of blades that included knives and a chainsaw blade on his person, FOX News reported.

Inside Viner’s SUV that was parked down the street, Secret Service officers found a supply of fake police equipment, shell casings, a smoke grenade, and a gas mask, according to authorities.

“This is another example of how our teams work closely with our partner law enforcement agencies to keep everyone safe,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a statement after Viner was taken into custody. “These partnerships are critical.”

Authorities have not specified why the Secret Service wanted to question Viner, Politico reported.

“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,” Chief Manger added.

Viner was arrested and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and possession of a prohibited weapon within the District of Columbia, FOX News reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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