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Julion Lima, 20, of 159 March Road, Pelham

Charged with false personation

Arrested March 30, 2012 by Nashua Police.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pelham man charged with posing as federal agent at Nashua Police Department

NASHUA – A Pelham man is charged with walking into the Nashua Police Department posing as a federal agent fighting terrorism, complete with uniform and a fake gun.

Nashua police arrested Julion Lima, 20, of 159 March Road, Pelham, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday and charged him with false personation – essentially impersonating an officer – a Class B felony, police said.

Judge Michael Ryan set Lima’s bail at $1,000 cash only in Nashua district court. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing April 13.

Lima asked Ryan to transfer him to a psychiatric hospital, saying he’s suffered mental health issues, including bipolar disorder, for 13 years. He’s currently under suicide watch, Lima said during video arraignment from Valley Street jail in Manchester.

Ryan said the jail staff could make that decision if Lima is determined to be a danger to himself. Also, Lima’s attorney could argue for the transfer if he doesn’t post bail by the probable cause hearing, Ryan said.

Lima strolled into the Police Department lobby about 20 minutes before his arrest and identified himself as a federal agent and was visiting the station to develop a professional relationship and to share information, police said.

That’s not unusual, according to Lt. Michael Moushegian. Local FBI or ATF agents will often make such introductions to local officers with whom they may be working.

When the shift supervisor, a sergeant, sat down with Lima, he soon began to suspect he was no federal agent and, after a little more checking, the story fell apart, Moushegian said.

“The more police talked to him, the more it became clear he was not a federal agent or a police officer of any kind,” he said.

Lima was dressed like a federal agent, including a holster holding what turned out to be a fake gun and a shirt with the letters CTTF on the back. The letters purportedly stood for Counter-Terrorism Task Force, Moushegian said.

Police have reached out to other departments in the area to see if Lima has done the same thing. Moushegian wouldn’t comment on what aims Lima may have had but said police will continue to investigate.

“At this point, we have complete confidence that he’s not a federal agent or a police officer or works in that field,” Moushegian said.

Lima was held over the weekend on $2,500 cash or surety.

Nashua Police prosecutor Evelyn King asked that Lima’s bail be doubled to $5,000 cash or surety because he has an arrest record in Oklahoma and Kansas, she said.

As part of his bail conditions, Lima was ordered to waive extradition, abstain from using drugs or alcohol and to not possess a firearm.

The Class B felony charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines, police said.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).