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Man charged with impersonating an officer after flashing gun and badge at crewman

Stafford Sheriffs say this is not the first time this happened, the chase got up to 88 mph as the suspect flashed an FBI badge from his window at the deputies.

STAFFORD, Va. — Editor's Note: The video above covers a different case of two men accused of impersonating federal agents

Deputies have identified the man who was allegedly impersonating an officer as 49-year-old Nicholas Rudolph. 

According to a press release from the Stafford County Sheriff's Office, the incident began around 7:45 p.m. at Stafford Market Place on May 1. 

Deputies say a crew was setting up to do work in the parking lot and approached a black Honda SUV to ask the driver, Nicholas Rudolph to move his car. When the crew member walked up to the SUV, Rudolph allegedly flashed a badge before pointing a gun at the crew member. The crewman called for help and when deputies arrived, Rudolph sped away. 

Deputies followed the suspect onto Garrisonville Road to U.S. 1 and then onto northbound I-95. Officials said the chase got up to 88 mph as the suspect flashed an FBI badge from his window at the deputies.

Eventually, Rudolph surrendered to deputies and was taken into custody. Officials found a BB gun in Rudolph's pocket and an assortment of fake FBI credentials in his car.

Rudolph has been charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, brandishing, obstruction, reckless driving and eluding.

Stafford Sheriffs are now saying that Rudolph has done this before.

About three to four years ago, a resident came home in Stafford County, Virginia to someone taking pictures of their residence, police now say that it was Nicholas Rudolph, the home owner knew Rudolph from a previous encounter.

According to the Sheriff's office Rudolph was taking pictures on the property and claimed to be “over all law enforcement.” Rudolph was later arrested after a pursuit and charged with impersonation, in the previous case. 

In another case, Rudolph was arrested this past Sunday for impersonating an FBI agent after he allegedly flashed a badge and gun at a crewman who asked him to move his car. 

The FBI has been notified and the investigation is ongoing.


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