Former Virginia GOP official arrested for impersonating a cop and 'searching' a couple
Former Hampton GOP chair Kyle P. Adams (center) with 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (left) and former Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R). [WTRK-TV]

The former head of the local Republican Party in Hampton, Virginia was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly searching a local couple under the pretense of being a police officer, the Newport News Daily Press reported.


Authorities charged 27-year-old Kyle P. Adams with two counts apiece of abduction, impersonating a police officer and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the incident on Tuesday night. He allegedly "detained" a 33-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman in Norfolk before leaving the scene in a black SUV. No one was injured, but Adams reportedly had a firearm at the time of his illegal search.

WTKR-TV reported that Adams, a former aide to Hampton City Council member Chris Stuart now working as a lobbyist, has posted pictures of himself online with Republican figures like 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).

Adams also entered an "Alford plea" last year after being accused in court of embezzling $1,100 from a security company Stuart runs. The plea, named after the Supreme Court's decision in the North Carolina v. Alford case of 1963, allows defendants to plead guilty without having to admit to being guilty of a specific offense. He received a suspended sentence of 3 years and did not serve any jail time. He is currently being held in jail in Newport News.

Watch WTRK-TV's report on Adams' arrest, as aired on Thursday, below.