He had badges and cuffs but he wasn’t a cop

When he arrived at the scene of a collision in Chantilly late Thursday afternoon a Fairfax County police

Arta Javanbakhtamarlouei mug shot

Arta Javanbakhtamarlouei
FCPD photo

officer found one of the drivers in handcuffs and he appeared to be under arrest. The other driver, 33-year old Arta Javanbakhtamarlouei of Centreville, was wearing wearing a grey tank top, black pants and a black duty belt with magazine pouches, a handcuff pouch, OC spray, and a holster with a firearm that appeared to be real. It wasn’t. It was a b-b gun and, according to police, Javanbakhtamarlouei isn’t a real police officer.

The real officers investigating the crash, at Lee Jackson Memorial Highway and Elmwood Street, say Javanbakhtamarlouei was also carrying a wallet that contained a concealed weapon badge and a private investigator badge. Officers say he told them that he bought the concealed weapon badge online and that the private investigator badge was from a previous job, as a security officer. But he’d left that job four years ago. Badges

Police say Javanbakhtamarlouei also told them that he’d completed an 8-hour criminal justice course and had the authority to arrest people. He said he’d handcuffed the other driver because he felt threatened by the way the other driver was acting.

Javanbakhtamarlouei then became the one in handcuffs. He’s charged with impersonating a police officer.


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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.