Military impersonator who landed on the tech company used a helicopter to make an impression on the woman, feds say

This undated mug shot shows Christian Desgroux, 57, who is accused of pretending to be a U.S. Army general when he landed a helicopter chartered by a technology company in North Carolina, in November.

(Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)

A man dressed in an army uniform and had a helicopter chartered land at the head office of a large tech company in North Carolina was to impress a woman, a federal agent testified in court Monday.

Christian Desgroux, 57, appeared before a federal magistrate in Raleigh at the expense of the pretend to be a military officer, which carries a maximum of three years in prison. The judge ordered Desgroux to remain in prison until his trial, according to WRAL.

The bizarre incident took place in November. 6 when Desgroux mapped on to the helicopter in Charlotte and the pilot told he had permission to land at the headquarters of SAS, Department of Homeland Security Agent Tony Bell said.

When the 57-year-old jumped out of the helicopter in battle-dress uniform, complete with combat patches, Desgroux greeted the company’s security officers who “actually greeted him back,” and said that he had come to the woman for a classified briefing in Fort Bragg, which was approved by President Trump, according to Bell.

The woman said that she knew that Desgroux for about 20 years and just had his marriage problems. She was expecting him that day, when the two were discussing a patent for a number of products that he was developing, but expect him to drive to the business, according to The News & Observer.

“They had no idea that he was flying a helicopter to pick her up.”

– Department of Homeland Security Agent Tony Bell

The pair went in the helicopter and flew for 30 minutes around Raleigh for the woman had to return to work. Bell told the court the woman told him that she assumed that Desgroux trying to impress her and starting a romantic relationship.

“They said that they did nothing,” Bell said. “They flew around for 30 minutes. She had no idea that he was flying a helicopter to pick her up.”

The entrance to the 900 acre campus of SAS in Cary, N. C.

(Google Street View)


But the November flight was not the first time Desgroux chartered a helicopter to impress a woman, according to Bell. He made a trip to Jacksonville earlier in 2017, where he had the pilot land at a KOA Kampground, so that he could briefly met a woman there while wearing an Army uniform.

He told the pilot during that trip he wanted to land a helicopter on an aircraft carrier in Norfolk, and he had previously flown Apache helicopters during the gulf war, the federal agent told the court.

Desgroux, a native of Chile who became a U.S. citizen in 2016, and now works as a car mechanic out of his garage, is also faced with some member state the charges for the earlier allegations. That his felony murder of his stepdaughter and violating a protective order taken by an unknown woman, the News & Observer reported.

The 57-year-old’s lawyer, Andrew McCoppin, told the court that, before you that cost in the past year, most of the problems his client had amounted to traffic violations, according to the Associated Press.

The 900 acre campus of SAS in Cary, N. C.

(Google Maps)

“It turns out that there are a number of things have snowballed to where we are now,” McCoppin said.

Federal Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers, said Monday the circumstances that require continued detention for Desgroux.

“The defendant has acted in a significant unfairness,” said add Numbers he reported with a significant income, along with a sea plane and yacht

SAS, a privately held ict-company, is one of the largest in the state, with 14,000 employees worldwide and more than $3 billion in revenue in 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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