Federal authorities said that a man from Florida tried to enter an Air Force facility by posing as a well-known superhero, but he was unable to pass security.
Last month, Baruch Roche II, 33, attempted to access the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa by claiming to be “Captain America” and to have met with a general from the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to provide top-secret material.
One count of attempting to possess a firearm within a government facility is brought against him.
Rouche drove up to the military installation on November 3 shortly before 2:15 p.m., according to information released by the Justice Department on Tuesday. Prosecutors said in a criminal complaint that he claimed to be the adored Marvel superhero character and a member of SOCCOM after refusing to show identification to security agents.
Authorities added that he also got combative and kept reaching for a bag in his car. According to reports, Roche promised to return to the base each day to search for the officers preventing him from entering.
Eventually, he produced his military ID to the authorities, proving that he was an Air Force retiree, and was taken into custody. According to court filings, during a check of the vehicle, police discovered five magazines filled with 125 rounds of.556 calibre ammunition and a Colt AR-15 assault rifle in the trunk.
Roche was interviewed by the Tampa Police Department after they arrived on the scene. According to officials, Roche was admitted to the hospital against his will because of his severe paranoia, psychosis, and threat to injure USAF security personnel.