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Judge refuses to lower $50,000 bond for man accused of impersonating peace officer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson County District Court Judge entered a not guilty plea Wednesday morning for a Louisville man who was arrested after police say he impersonated a federal agent.

Judge Sandra McLaughlin refused to lower a $50,000 bond against 27-year-old Michael A. Connard, who is charged with two counts of first degree wanton endangerment, one count of second degree assault, two counts of impersonating a peace officer and two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

"I don't know what's going on here; these are odd charges," Judge McLaughlin told Connard. "But the court's going to find you to be a danger to the community. I'm going to deny the bail credit...and I'm going to ponder why so many people are out on the street."

She also ordered Connard not to have any contact with firearms, adding that, "the federal government now can take federal gun charges against you."

According to an arrest citation, officers were recently called to a location near N. Hancock Street and N. Gray Street, in the area of the city's extreme park, on a report of an assault.

The victim said he was approached by a white male who was wearing a badge around his neck and identified himself as a federal agent. Police say he pulled a handgun, accused the victim of damaging his car and shoved the victim into a fence and onto the ground. The suspect allegedly held the handgun to the victim's side, "placing him in danger of death and/or serious physical injury."The victim sustained a "goose egg" to his left temple because of the assault, according to police.

While en route to an unrelated run, police say a second victim flagged them down on S. Clay Street. In a separate incident, that victim said a white man wearing body armor hit him in the head with a handgun. That victim said that the suspect displayed a badge and identified himself as a federal agent, pointing a handgun at him and "placing him in danger of death and/or serious physical injury."

Police say the second victim told them that the suspect holstered the handgun, then pulled a second pistol and hit him in the head with it, causing a severe laceration.

That victim told police that the suspect then ran away eastbound on E. Chestnut Street.

Police say they caught up with 27-year-old Michael A. Connard on E. Chestnut Street, near S. Shelby Street.

"He was wearing body armor over his shirt, along with a fake badge visibly displayed on a neck chain, and a semi-auto[matic] pistol on his right hip in a holster," police said.

Police say they found a second semi-automatic pistol in his left pocket, a knife in his right pocket and two "tactical flashlights" on his person.

Connard is a convicted felon, and is not supposed to have firearms, according to police.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree wanton endangerment, one count of second degree assault, two counts of impersonating a peace officer and two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

This morning, while before Judge McLaughlin, an attorney made a request on Connard's behalf, asking that he be allowed to be on work release.

"This occurred at his place of work," Judge McLaughlin shot back. "Absolutely not. But thank you for the attempt."

Judge McLaughlin ordered that a public defender be assigned to represent Connard.

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