Ottumwa Police Arrest Man Claiming to Be a Federal Agent


A New London man is in custody in Ottumwa, after being accused of displaying a firearm and claiming to be a federal agent.

Ottumwa police this week arrested Jack Capps after he got into a confrontation with two people. Authorities claim the 41-year-old Capps pulled out a handgun, told the people he was a federal agent, and ordered one of them to put his hands on his head because he was under arrest.

Capps now faces one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, since he has a 1995 Illinois conviction on his record. He also faces two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of impersonating a public official, and one count of methamphetamine possession. The possession of a firearm charge carries a maximum sentence of five years years in prison, while the assault and impersonation charges each carry a max sentence of two years.

The initial hearing for Capps has been scheduled for next Wednesday, October 9th. He remains in the Wapello County jail on a $7,500 bond.

As a reminder, a criminal charge is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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