Armed Moviegoer Arrested With Body Armor, Fake CIA Badge Gets Probation
FLINT (WWJ/AP) – A man who carried a loaded gun and wore body armor while seeing a movie near Flint has avoided jail time for a phony CIA identification badge.
Cassidy Delavergne appeared this week in Flint federal court, where he earlier pleaded guilty to having the badge. He was sentenced to one year probation.
Delavergne had a permit to carry a concealed weapon when he was arrested last August at the Trillium Theater in Grand Blanc Township and wasn’t charged with a gun crime.
Delavergne said he regrets his actions and never meant to scare anyone.
Delavergne was watching “Red 2” inside the theater when police approached him. According to investigators, Delavergne flashed a fake Central Intelligence Agency identification badge and told the officers that he was a federal agent.
Suspicious of his story, police arrested Delavergne and found he was wearing body armor and carrying a 9 mm pistol with 34 rounds of ammunition. Federal agents arrived and searched Delavergne’s car, where they found an additional 111 rounds of ammunition.
Delavergne originally told police he was wearing the body armor and carrying the gun because he just got off work and did not want to leave them in his car. A court filing says Delavergne told an agent he displayed the phony ID to minimize concerns about his gun.
Delavergne’s attorney said his client was wearing the badge in honor of “Red 2,” an action comedy involving a retired agent and his team of operatives. Theater management has said he wasn’t threatening anyone.
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