North California authorities recently arrested a 57-year-old car mechanic who allegedly impersonated a combat officer and commandeered a helicopter in order to impress a SAS female employee. According to court documents, the car mechanic pulled the same trick in early 2017 when he ordered a chopper pilot to land at a KOA Campground.
Car Mechanic Had Amassed a Substantial Criminal Record
In November 2017, Christian Desgroux, a 57-year-old car mechanic was arrested and charged with impersonating a US Army officer. According to the man’s court documents, on the 6th of November, the man showed up at the Charlotte airbase and asked a helicopter pilot to take him to the SAS headquarters, where he was to pick up an individual for a top priority meeting.
Upon arrived at the company’s HQ, Desgroux told the pilot to land the helicopter on the rooftop, as he previously received landing authorization. Once the chopper landed, the man jumped out, all dressed up in a combat uniform and saluted the company’s security agents who were dispatched to investigate.
Desgroux told the security agents that he was commissioned to pick up a female worker from the company and to take her to a secret debriefing. The woman in question told the authorities that she was well-acquainted with the suspect and that they indeed were scheduled to meet that day to discuss some of Desgroux’s patents.
According to the pilot’s statements, as soon as the woman got on board, they’ve circled around for approximately 30 minutes, but nothing happened between them, despite the car mechanic’s obvious romantic interests.
The woman told the authorities that Desgroux had marital problems and this is his way of coping with the situation. Should the man be found guilty, he will spend the next three years behind bars.
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