ROMEOVILLE, IL April 6 2017 — A Texas man spotted with two guns and a bulletproof vest at Lewis University claimed he was a Chicago cop and said he was conducting a "special detail" at the Romeoville campus, police said.
Romeoville police responded to a report of a man with two guns and a bulletproof vest walking on campus at 11:47 p.m. Monday. Police met with campus safety officers, who said they were alerted to a man wearing a bulletproof vest with the word "Tactical" on the back, along with a duty belt with a holster and firearm.
Campus security located the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Reggie Shepherd of Fort Bliss, Texas. Police said Shepherd cooperated with campus security officers and was no longer wearing the bulletproof vest or weapon.
Police said Shepherd brought campus officers to a residence hall he had recently visited and showed them the bulletproof vest and two guns. He initially claimed he was a Chicago police officer but later admitted he was not, according to police.
Romeoville police who arrived on campus took possession of the bulletproof vest and firearms. Police said Shepherd told them he had just finished a "special detail" for an investigation services company.
Shepherd, who said he was visiting a friend on campus, was arrested and booked into the Will County jail on a charge of felony unlawful use of a weapon, police said.
"It does not appear at this time any students were in jeopardy," Romeoville police said Tuesday afternoon.
Shepherd's bond was set at $75,000 on Tuesday, according to Will County court records. A preliminary hearing was set for April 27, and Shepherd was barred from leaving Illinois while the case is pending.