Man arrested with gun at fest

By Tyler Vincent

Apparently, all he wanted was a place to park.

Robert Kieffer, 58, of McHenry was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon Sunday afternoon. He allegedly informed a National Guardsman that he was a federal agent to grab a parking spot during the Sycamore Pumpkin Parade.

When Sycamore Police confronted Kieffer at the corner of State and Locust in Sycamore at 2:15 p.m., they allegedly found him carrying a .45 caliber glock pistol. At the same time, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was one block away participating in the Sycamore Pumpkin Parade.

Sycamore Police Officer Mike Larmon said Kieffer apparently was trying to get a parking spot in an area that was closed off to the public.

“He showed a private investigator’s badge to a National Guardsman who was helping with traffic,” Larmon said. “He identified himself as a federal agent.”

After showing the badge, the guardsman let Kieffer park in the area. A Sycamore police officer who noticed the conversation asked the guardsman what happened, and the guardsman told the officer Kieffer identified himself as an agent.

According to Larmon, Kieffer is denying that he claimed to be a federal agent. He since has been released on bond and is awaiting a hearing.