Formal charges filed against accused police impersonator

Nguyen faces 3 felony charges

INDIANAPOLIS - The man who was arrested after police say he impersonated a police officer during Officer Rod Bradway’s funeral was formally charged Tuesday afternoon.

Minh Nguyen, 38, faces three felony charges including two counts of impersonation of a public servant and theft, court documents said.

On the day of Bradway’s funeral, Nguyen showed up in police uniform with police patches and a badge, police said.

According to court documents, police recognized Nguyen in the parking lot taking pictures of Bradway’s car and the surrounding activities. An officer said he recognized Nguyen as someone he has warned several times about impersonating a police officer.

Nguyen was wearing a blue police uniform with two handguns, a taser, pepper spray, two pairs of handcuffs, a radio with lapel microphone, two spare magazines and a flashlight, documents said.

According to court documents, police also found nine identification cards from nine different people in Nguyen’s car.

Nguyen had several Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department forms that are not available to the public, court documents said. Police said Nguyen had no authority to obtain or have the forms in his possession.

Investigators confiscated his 2012 black Dodge Charger with tinted windows, strobe lights, a working siren, laptop and a loaded assault rifle in the trunk.

Court documents revealed at least two people told police they believed that Nguyen was an officer.

A professional photographer said she asked Nguyen if he was with IMPD and he did not say that he wasn’t and implied to her that he was with another department, documents said.

A teacher had her class make banners and signs for the funeral procession. She said she believed Nguyen was an officer because of his uniform and equipment.

Court documents revealed that when she asked Nguyen if he worked for IMPD, he told her he was a police officer with the Avon Police Department.

A search warrant was executed for Nguyen’s home.

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.

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

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