Marine staff NCO arrested at U.S. Capitol with firearm
By James K. Sanborn
A police car drives past the US Capitol and the Capitol Visitor Center after the building was evacuated due to reports of a fire in Washington, DC, May 26, 2015. No smoke or fire were found and people were allowed to re-enter. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
A Marine Raider currently working as a congressional fellow was arrested Tuesday after Capitol policemen A Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Raider, currently assigned as a Congressional fellow, was arrested today on Capitol grounds after police found a firearm in his vehicle during a routine search.
Police arrested Gunnery Sgt. Peter Boby, a critical skills operator who is currently assigned to the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said Maj. Paul Greenberg, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon. Boby could not immediately be reached for comment, but Hunter said the incident was likely an accidental.
"We are still getting the facts, but ... there's no reason to suggest it was intentional," Hunter said.
According to police, Boby was arrested at about 2 p.m. adjacent to the Rayburn House Office Building where Hunter's office is located.
He "is charged with Carrying a Pistol Without a License, Unregistered Ammunition, and Unregistered Firearm," said Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a United States Capitol Police spokeswoman.
At the time of his arrest, Boby, a master sergeant select, was returning from a Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation shooting event in Glenn Dale, Prince George’s County Maryland, according to a congressional said a Hill staffer who works closely with the Marine. He but spoke on the condition of anonymity pending forthcoming details about the incident. Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation lobbies for the interests of sportsmen’s and hunters’s.
The staffer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said police located ammunition in Boby’s trunk during a routine search, prompting a more thorough sweep earch of the vehicle. That turned up a .45-caliber pistol, he said. It was not, however, immediately clear where ere the pistol was located, whether in the passenger compartment, glove box or trunk.
Hunter, a Marine veteran, said Boby has stood out as a strong performer among the congressional fellows on Capitol Hill. 's office is now following Boby's case closely.
"I've had fellows for years and Peter has been a top-notch performer," Hunter said. "He's a hero who's seen combat, who's been wounded and who's been in good standing with the Marine Corps throughout."
"He is a Marine Corps fellow--and I've had fellows for years and Peter has been a top notch performer," Hunter said in a statement n e-mail provided by his chief of staff Joe Kasper.
The staffer went on to say that Boby has had an exemplary record on the Hill and in the Marine Corps.
"He is outstanding guy. He's got from what I'm told an unblemished record in the Marines. He's a good person with good intentions," the staffer said.
In 2014, Boby served as the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command's ARSOC recruiting team East and Okinawa, and worked to overhaul the command’s 10-week physical prep course for Marines intending to attempt the 19-day assessment and selection training.
He began working in Hunter's office on the Hill in January after he was selected for the assignment by the 2015 Congressional and Wounded Warrior Fellowship Selection Board.