We may have narrowly escaped another tragedy on Tuesday night--this time in Grand Blanc Township, Michigan; south of Flint. On Tuesday night, police were called to the NCG Trillium Theater after someone spotted a man with a loaded gun and body armor. The guy tried to talk himself out of trouble by flashing a CIA badge. However, he ended up buying himself some more trouble--the badge was fake.
Cassidy Delavergne was charged and arraigned in federal court Wednesday, July 31, with having a fake CIA identification card, said Grand Blanc Township Detective Matt Harburn.Under questioning, Lavergne admitted the CIA card was fake, and that he flashed it to calm the nerves of everyone else at the theater. A search of his car revealed an additional 111 rounds of ammunition.
The detective said officers were called by the theater, located at 8220 Trillium Circle Avenue, on Tuesday, July 30, around 8:20 p.m. regarding a man with a gun. Delavergne was in a theater watching a movie when the officers approached him and asked him to step outside. Harburn says that is when Delavergne claimed to be a federal agent.
"They were confident that wasn't true, and that's when they arrested him." Harburn said.
Authorities say Delavergne was wearing body armor and carrying a loaded Beretta 9mm pistol along with an extra magazine of ammunition containing 17 rounds.
According to federal court records, the FBI was contacted by the Grand Blanc Township Police Department about the identification. Delavergne told the FBI agent he went to the theater after work wearing his gun and body armor because he did not want to leave them in his car. Federal court documents say he told FBI agents that he had a permit to carry a concealed firearm.
So far, Lavergne is only charged with having the phony ID card--which carries 15-21 months in federal prison under sentencing guidelines. Since this is a felony (unless I'm wrong), it looks like Lavergne's little stunt may cost him his precious Beretta. But there really is no good-faith reason to have a gun AND body armor on in a theater. Especially this soon after the Aurora shooting.