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‘She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body’: Neighbor of Stratford woman arrested at Capitol checkpoint says she’s harmless

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STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Stratford woman is facing charges in Washington D.C. after she reportedly attempted to get through a Capitol security checkpoint with fake identification. Now, her neighbors and husband are saying it’s all a big misunderstanding.

Linda MaGovern, 63, was arrested Saturday at a security checkpoint set up for the inauguration.

Police said she approached the checkpoint and presented what was identified as a military challenge coin. She stated she was a law enforcement officer and part of the Presidential Cabinet. Police questioned her and told her to put her car in park. She complied, but when asked for her driver’s license she drove off.

MaGovern was stopped shortly after and was charged with false impersonation of a law enforcement officer, failure to obey an officer and fleeing a law enforcement officer.

This comes as tens of thousands of law enforcement and National Guard members have descended on Washington for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Back home in Connecticut on Sunday, News 8 spoke with MaGovern’s husband, Keith, who said it was all a misunderstanding. This as his wife sits in a D.C. prison cell.

Monday, News 8 spoke with one of MaGovern’s neighbors who said she is an educated and brilliant woman, adding that “she is harmless” and not a threat at all.

“She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body,” Maryann Lichtenberger said. “She is very passionate about the Democratic Party, and I was surprised to hear that she went down there…She’s also brilliant. I wish I had her Cracker Jack memory. She researches everything…I just think she wanted to be part of the Democratic takeover.”

News 8 has learned that the suspect has no prior arrests in Stratford. However, police have responded to her home before for separate welfare check incidents.

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