Author: Lt. Raffaello Pata
Date: June 13, 2017 11:32 AM
Case Number: SR17-4418

Detectives Investigate Suspicious Person Wearing an I.C.E. Jacket At a Local Church

San Rafael CA - On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 the San Rafael Police Department received information from staff at the Canal Community Alliance and Congressman Jared Huffman's office regarding an incident that had occurred on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at a church located in San Rafael that ministers to members of our Hispanic community.  

A subject was seen taking pictures and video using a cellphone in the parking lot of the church. The subject walked into the church and continued to videotape people inside.  The male subject was wearing a jacket with the initials ICE on the back. The jacket also had an official looking emblem or seal on the back.

SRPD personnel made contact with the FBI and I.C.E. to determine if the subject was involved in an official operation. When SRPD learned that the subject was not an employee or acting on behalf of any law enforcement agency an investigation was started to determine if possible false personation of a peace officer or federal agent was committed and if any local or federal crimes had been committed.

On Friday, June 9, 2017, SRPD Detectives determined through their investigation who the possible subject was, and that he lived near the church.  Detectives contacted the subject who was cooperative with investigators and explained why he was at the church.  He said he lived near the church and had prior unresolved complaints about amplified noise from church services.    

The subject said he went to the church to document the noise via cell phone video.  During follow up questioning he could not readily explain the purpose of wearing the I.C.E. jacket.  He said he had recently purchased the official looking jacket on-line.  SRPD detectives learned that the jacket is a novelty item that does not resemble what the actual I.C.E. jackets look like.

This incident is an example of the police department’s community partnerships and relationship with the Canal Community Alliance. The witnesses did the right thing by not confronting the subject.  They allowed their police department to follow up on the work of the quick thinking congregation member who took a photo of the man. SRPD recognizes that it took courage to reach out to contact police to help resolve this incident.  The willingness of witnesses to provide statements is appreciated.

At the time of this investigation, it does not appear that the act of the subject wearing the jacket is a violation of state or federal law.  The case will be referred to the Marin County District Attorney for review. 

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Last Modified: June 13, 2017 2:33 EDT (by Holm)

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