Sunland Man Accused of Impersonating FBI Agent to Enter County Jail Pleads Not Guilty
A Sunland man has denied charges related to accusations that he impersonated an FBI agent at a Los Angeles County jail, officials announced Monday.
According to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, 28-year-old Greg Nickol Baghoomian presented a fake FBI badge to enter the L.A. County Inmate Reception Center in downtown L.A.’s Chinatown neighborhood on March 6.
When deputies tried to verify his credentials, Baghoomian allegedly fled and tried to get into the Men’s Central Jail across the street. He was arrested and booked there, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Officials reported finding a 10-inch hunting knife, two Tasers and two sets of handcuffs in his possession.
On March 8, Baghoomian was charged with bringing a weapon into a jail, possessing a counterfeit seal and unlawful use of a badge.
Baghoomian pleaded not guilty on Monday, the District Attorney’s Office said. The 28-year-old was scheduled to return to court on Feb. 4. If convicted as charged, he could face a maximum sentence of one year and eight months in prison.
In a separate case, Baghoomian was charged with distribution of obscene matter for sale and possession of more than 600 images of child or youth pornography in a separate case. He could face up to five years and eight months in state prison if convicted of those charges.
That case remained under investigation, the District Attorney’s Office said in March. Authorities provided no further information.