Man arrested after impersonating federal agent in Henrico

William Edward Chenault (Photo: Henrico Police)

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County Police have arrested a man for impersonating a law officer. Authorities told 8News, 52-year old William Chenault was arrested for going to a neighbor’s house with a gun, wanting to investigate something suspicious; he also claimed he was a federal agent.

It happened Sunday on Layne Court. Residents who didn’t want to be identified told 8News they did see police in their neighborhood late at night and they were surprised to learn authorities arrested Chenault.

A couple of neighbors said Chenault has told them he had worked in law enforcement but police told 8News they have no record of him ever working in law enforcement.

Authorities said Chenault never made it inside the person’s house and that an acquaintance of the woman who was also at the house became suspicious and called the police.

Attorney Russ Stone said if the police do not have a warrant for your arrest you have every right to ask for identification or call the police yourself and see if the officer is legitimate.

“Well it’s your home, you have the right to not answer the door for anybody, if it’s in fact legitimate law enforcement and they have a search warrant to enter the house then they’re going to do it, but if it’s not legitimate law enforcement they’re not going to be able to do that,” said Stone.

In the meantime, Chenault was charged with a misdemeanor and he is free on bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 20.

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