IMPD releases statewide alert after Nguyen bonds out of jail

Nguyen was arrested at Bradway's funeral

INDIANAPOLIS - A man arrested at the funeral of slain officer Rod Bradway has now become the subject of a warning to police agencies across the state.

The case has shocked and angered law enforcement agencies across the region.

Investigators arrested Minh Nguyen, 38, on Thursday afternoon outside of Northwest District roll call just moments before the hearse carrying Bradway's body arrived.

Police say he identified himself as an IMPD police officer. Investigators confiscated his 2012 black Dodge Charger with tinted windows, strobe lights, a working siren, laptop and a loaded assault rifle in the trunk.

Nguyen has since bonded out of jail, but on Monday afternoon, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Criminal Intelligence Unit sent out a statewide alert about Nguyen’s status.

Nguyen had the weaponry, the munitions and the trappings of a small police department -- with no police authority to use them.

When investigators searched his far west side home, they recovered among other items, a 37-millimeter grenade launcher, assault rifles, shotguns, handguns and several thousand rounds of ammunition.

Officials said he also had body armor, several uniforms belonging to area police agencies and numerous badges, including one that belonged to Indiana State Police.

"Any reasonable person would think he was a police officer looking at him and the equipment he had. There's no telling what he could do or has done," IMPD Detective Jeff Thomas said.

Police say that Nguyen had been warned on three separate occasions in the past that his actions bordered on impersonating a public servant.

"Fortunately, we don't make many arrests on this because there's not too many people that do it. But when we find one, we definitely go after them," Thomas said.

A spokesman for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said that Nguyen would face formal charges Tuesday. Those charges could include impersonating a public servant and theft.

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