Ex-Penn cop charged with bringing gun into fed building

Authorities say man falsely claimed to still be a cop, passed through lobby security with his firearm


Aug. 17--AN EX-COP WHO lost his job at the University of Pennsylvania will undergo a mental-competency evaluation after he walked into the FBI field office in Center City this week with a loaded gun and falsely claimed to still be a cop.

Melvin Anthony Ramos entered the federal building on 6th Street near Arch about 4:45 p.m. Monday. He was able to pass through the lobby security with his firearm after he allegedly identified himself as a police officer.

On the eighth floor, after Ramos showed an FBI receptionist a Penn police ID card and "badge," a duty agent allowed him to keep his gun, according to an FBI affidavit. Ramos, 55, told agents he wanted to file a complaint against Penn police and said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, the affidavit says.

"Ramos seemed agitated, frequently answered questions by digressing to unrelated matters, and referenced the suicide of another [Penn] police officer multiple times," the affidavit says.

After agents began to realize that Ramos was possibly no longer a cop, they took his gun, badge and ID card. They then learned from Penn police that Ramos no longer works there, and that his badge was fake, the affidavit says.

His gun was a "Glock model 22 handgun," according to the affidavit. Ramos had returned his service weapon to Penn, but had not given back his ID card or badge.

Ramos was charged with possession of a firearm in a federal facility and making false statements to law enforcement.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Vineet Gauri said yesterday that Ramos "made no threats toward anyone in the FBI or in the building." The ID card he showed could have been his real card, Gauri said.

Penn spokesman Ron Ozio said Ramos "has not been an employee" of Penn police since Sept. 11, 2013, adding that Ramos had left "on medical leave" before that.

U.S. Magistrate M. Faith Angell on Thursday ordered Ramos to undergo a mental-competency and psychiatric evaluation.

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