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Feds: Military impersonator used helicopter to impress woman

Christian Desgroux (WTVD photo)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man pretending to be a U.S. Army general wanted to impress a woman when he unexpectedly landed a helicopter at the headquarters of a North Carolina tech company.

Fifty-seven-year-old Christian Desgroux appeared Monday before a federal magistrate on a charge of pretending to be a military officer. The judge ordered Desgroux to remain in jail pending his arraignment.

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New details emerged about the bizarre case. Homeland Security Special Agent Tony Bell testified that Desgroux wore an Army uniform and falsely claimed to be on a mission authorized by President Donald Trump when he landed the chartered helicopter at SAS Institute in November.

He picked up a female acquaintance and took her on a short helicopter ride. Bell testified Desgroux wanted to impress her and pursue a romantic relationship.

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