Virginia Man Charged for Impersonating Police Officer Kept Weapons Cache in Rockville Hotel

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ROCKVILLE, MD – A Virginia man posting to be an ‘agent’ in an unmarked police-style vehicle was arrested and police found a large weapons cache inside his Rockville Hotel room.

38-year-old Joshua Taber, of Virginia, was charged with impersonating a police officer.

“On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, The V&I Unit was conducting surveillance at the Rockville Hotel, located at 3 Research Court, when detectives observed a black Chevrolet Tahoe that appeared to be an unmarked police vehicle,” police said. “To ensure that they were not hindering another police investigation, detectives contacted the hotel to determine who the vehicle belonged to.”

During their investigation, detectives determined that the vehicle was registered to Taber who identified himself as an “agent” when he checked into the hotel.

“He displayed what hotel staff believed to be law enforcement identification and stated that his “government issued vehicle” needed to be parked in front of the hotel. Through further investigation, it was determined that Taber was not an “agent” and falsely identified himself as such,” police reported. “Detectives obtained a search warrant for Taber’s hotel room which revealed, multiple ID cards with the title “Special Agent” and multiple firearms. A search warrant for Taber’s vehicle was also obtained and revealed multiple firearms, to include a privately manufactured firearm, also referred to as a ghost gun. The search also revealed various pieces of police paraphernalia, a ballistic vest, multiple holsters, magazines and ammunition.”

Taber has been charged with impersonating a police officer and multiple firearms related charges.