Just when I think think things cannot possibly get crazier, they do. The other day we had the case of Juan Thompson, a disgraced former journalist who was caught allegedly phoning in bomb threat to Jewish community centers in an effort to frame his white ex-girlfriend. Today we have something that’s pretty much just as wild. An employee of the Washington Post was apparently (if you believe the authorities) going around dressed up as an agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He is also alleged to have behaved in militant fashion.
You might ask yourself why someone would do such a thing. Well, perhaps an enemy of the president and his immigration policy might want to make him look bad by impersonating a thuggish version of an ICE agent. That’s only speculation, of course. But it was the first thing that ran through my mind.
The FBI and other authorities raided the home of a Maryland man last month after he allegedly impersonated an ICE agent in Virginia on more than one occasion and attempted to enforce criminal laws, court documents show and sources confirmed with ABC7’s Kevin Lewis Monday. The man, who was arrested at his home and has since been released on bond, was working at the Washington Post at the time, according to court documents.
Court documents show Itai Ozderman, 35, who was born in Israel and now lives in Gaithersburg, had his home raided by Montgomery County police, SWAT units and the FBI on Feb. 22 at around 6 a.m.
Sources and court documents say Ozderman worked as an I.T. engineer at the Washington Post at the time of the raid. It is unclear what Ozderman’s employment status is today.
When the warrant was served on Feb. 22 at Ozderman’s home in the 100 block of Elmira Lane, court documents say 10 weapons, including handguns, assault rifles, and a shotgun, were recovered.
Sources tell ABC7’s Kevin Lewis that Ozderman impersonated an ICE officer throughout Falls Church, Va. on more than one occasion. According to sources, Ozderman would ‘patrol’ while wearing a bullet proof vest with an ICE placard and a Baltimore County police badge.
The plot thickens once again. Of course, this guy could just be some mentally ill clown in need of medical assistant. Given everything we’ve seen as of late, however, I don’t think the scenario I laid out above is entirely far-fetched.