(WHDH) — Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz held a press conference Wednesday to warn local authorities about an EMT charged with stockpiling weapons and impersonating a police officer because he recently violated the terms of his release as he awaits trial.
Because Christopher Barlow, 21, is charged with such serious crimes, Cruz said he felt a sense of urgency to warn police departments in Plymouth County.
“He’s been indicted on very serious charges,” Cruz said. “Because of the fact that we are living in challenging times, I feel that the people in charge of protecting our communities, our dedicated officers, the police chiefs, they should know about these cases.”
Barlow was initially arrested in June 2017 after a family member tipped off police that he was collecting a slew of weapons, including rifles, handguns and explosives.
The Duxbury native had been working as an EMT, but also tried to pass himself off as a federal agent, according to investigators.
Barlow was released on Feb. 16 after a judge ruled to free him from custody ahead of trial. Cruz said he learned Tuesday that Barlow had been visiting areas not approved by the court, which included a school.
“Barlow had been repeatedly violating conditions of his pre-trial release, including leaving his residence, visiting shopping centers and one school in the area,” Cruz said.
A judge denied Cruz’s request to take Barlow back into custody. There is no credible threat against the community, according to Cruz.
Barlow is due back in court in March for a pre-trial hearing.
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