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