Fake firefighter tried to use forged credentials to park his vehicle at JFK Airport

Photo: Shutterstock, inset courtesy of Port Authority Police

Some people will go to great lengths to park their vehicle at John F. Kennedy Airport, as law enforcement agents learned on Tuesday night.

At 8:40 p.m. on Jan. 10, Port Authority Police found Jose Vasquez, 51, parked in a no-standing area in front of Terminal 8 at JFK. When an officer approached Vasquez, he presented Fire Department credentials to the officer.

Vasquez showed the officer an ID card and shield, and Vasquez’s car, a 2017 Toyota Sienna, displayed a placard that read “Fire Dept. City of NY.” Vasquez claimed to be an FDNY employee on official work business when the officers questioned him.

The officer had known that Vasquez had been previously arrested for unlawful solicitation. An investigation concluded that the ID card, shield and placard had been forged.

Vasquez was arrested and his car was impounded. He has been charged with criminal impersonation, criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal trespassing and trespassing.

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