A police impersonator arrested on the same charge in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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Monitoring a Rockville hotel for possible prostitution mid-afternoon, several detectives spotted what appeared to be an unmarked police cruiser parked near the gate. Antennas on the roof. Subtle turn signal systems in a window and near a bumper. They ran the license tag.

What unfolded over the next two hours, according to detectives in new court filings in Montgomery County, was the basis for them to charge Joshua Aaron Taber, 38, with something he claimed. already been charged: pretending to be a policeman.

Taber also faces 12 weapons charges based on what detectives say was found in his Chevrolet Tahoe and his hotel room. The cache included rifles with scopes, an Anderson Arms AR-15 pistol and at least six ammunition magazines, according to court records. Also found: multiple ID cards bearing Taber’s name, photo, and titles such as “Diplomatic Protective Services” and “Special Agent.”

Court documents do not explain why Taber, of Alexandria, Va., had the guns or the identification. There is also no accusation or indication that he was related to any prostitution. On the contrary, records suggest that detectives stumbled upon him by chance.

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Taber was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Center on Thursday, posted $5,000 bond and released, court records show. He could not be reached for comment via phone numbers and email addresses previously linked to him on public databases. Court records do not indicate whether Taber retained an attorney in the case.

In 2014, Taber was convicted of impersonation by law enforcement in Fauquier County, Va., according to online court records. He was later charged with the same misdemeanor in DC and ended up pleading guilty to attempting to carry a gun without a license, court records show.

The Montgomery County case took place around 1:45 p.m. on May 10, outside a business hotel along Shady Grove Road. When plainclothes Montgomery County detectives first spotted the unoccupied Tahoe, they wondered if they had stumbled upon a different law enforcement operation and if their presence might get in the way. One of the detectives drove by the SUV, looked inside, and saw what appeared to be a soft gun case in the back seat.

A colleague inquired at reception and was told that a man named Joshua Taber had just checked into room 222, introduced himself as an agent and said he needed his “government-issued vehicle” nearby so they could watch it, according to court records.

Detectives continued to research Taber’s background and criminal history and waited for him to exit the hotel. When he did, around 3:55 p.m., they arrested him.

A subsequent search of Room 222 revealed what detectives called a ‘9mm assault pistol’, another firearm and photo IDs including one with a holographic ‘security seal’ were found. claimed detectives in court records. Inside the Tahoe, investigators found 10 firearms in holsters on the back seat. One of them, according to detectives, was a privately made “Ghost Gun”.

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Because of his beliefs, according to police, Taber was prohibited from owning any of the firearms.

At a cargo area in Tahoe, police also said they found “a camouflage molle vest with a black and green patch that read ‘EXECUTIVE PROTECTION AGENT’ with 2x bulletproof plates.”

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