The strange case of Christian Desgroux

| February 13, 2018 | 43 Comments

Last week we talked about Christian , a 57-year-old Chilean native who pretended to be a Lieutenant General of the Army variety. As a phony general, he directed the pilot of a rented helicopter to land at a secure facility. It turns out that he was trying to impress a married woman, according to the Army Times;

It was around sunset on Nov. 6 when the pilot of the helicopter chartered by Desgroux landed on a soccer field at the sprawling corporate campus of SAS Institute in Cary.

As security officers approached, Desgroux stepped out wearing a “full military battle dress uniform” and displaying three stars that implied a rank of lieutenant general, Homeland Security Special Agent Tony Bell testified.

“He saluted the security officers, and they actually saluted him back,” Bell said.

A suspicious security supervisor confronted Desgroux, who told him he was there to pick up a female employee to take her to Fort Bragg for a classified briefing that had been authorized by President Donald Trump.

But none of it was true: Desgroux later acknowledged to federal agents that he had never served in the U.S. military, Bell said.

The woman, a longtime acquaintance of Desgroux, expected him to arrive in a car for a visit. Instead they went on a 30-minute helicopter ride around Raleigh, Bell said.

“She had no idea that he was flying a helicopter to pick her up,” Bell said. Bell testified that Desgroux wanted to pursue a romantic relationship, but the woman is married.

She and the pilot, who has not been charged, appear to have been swept up in Desgroux’s strange behavior.

“She didn’t know what to make of it,” Bell told the judge. “She just went along with it.”

From The Washington Post;

The helicopter took off, but Desgroux wasn’t sure where they should go, so they circled Raleigh for about half an hour, Miller said. The pilot added that the woman claimed her headset wasn’t working properly, saying she could not hear him or Desgroux during the flight.

“I’m not convinced [the headset] had problems,” Miller said, describing the woman as “extremely nervous,” although he chalked up her apprehension to preflight jitters.

After about half an hour, the helicopter returned to SAS’s campus and dropped off the woman, which is when SAS security officials called local police, the AP reported. Miller and Desgroux took flight again, and the pilot declined to drop Desgroux off near a Raleigh supermarket in the dark.

The total cost for about three hours total flight time was more than $1,500, Miller said.

It was the second time Desgroux had chartered a helicopter from the company. In 2017, he also wore an Army uniform on a flight to Jacksonville, N.C., where he talked about plans for another flight to land at the Pentagon, Miller said. The pilot told Desgroux he needed written authorization from authorities.

Well, Desgroux said, he could land at “the embassy,” Miller recalled him saying, but he did not clarify which of the 177 diplomatic missions in Washington he meant.

I think the world is a safer place with Desgroux confined.

Category: Dumbass Bullshit

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  1. 1610desig says:

    Some rather elaborate stalking…

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I will say this bluntly. If it smells funny, don’t go along with it.

      “She and the pilot, who has not been charged, appear to have been swept up in Desgroux’s strange behavior.”

      No, this is not strange behavior. He is nuts. She should have had enough sense to back away from it. And he should be charged with impersonating a military officer, whatever it was he was doing.

    • Green Thumb says:

      Straight up awesome.

  2. Forest Green says:

    “declined to drop Desgroux off near a Raleigh supermarket in the dark”


  3. ChipNASA says:

    It *will* make you do strange things.

    Also, as I’ve been told in the past, “You only have enough blood in your body to make one head work at a time. It’s your choice”.

    In this case, I just think the guy’s a nutjob.

    • Graybeard says:

      So… ChipNASA, you’re saying that he doesn’t even have enough blood in his body to make the little head work, just his nuts?

    • The Other Whitey says:

      I will readily admit to having made some really stupid (and expensive) decisions in pursuit of ‘tang while in my ignorant teens and early 20s, but compared to this guy, my younger, dumber self might as well be Stephen Hawking.

      • CCO says:

        Yeah; there’s barking the wrong tree and then there’s whatever this is.

        He’s going to have go a long way to *not* be the crazy one in the relationship, whatever relationship he might hypothetically be in (and this seems to have been a hypothetical case).

        He’s too old to be this kinda dumb.

  4. Wilted Willy says:

    This guy is really a nutjob! I want to know how he got away with this landing? I would think that security would have shot him out of the sky! I hope this asshat is locked up for a long time!!

  5. M48DAT says:

    My old PLT Leader would say “Looks like he needs a connectomy”

  6. 26Limabeans says:

    Next he will land a gyro copter on the Capital lawn. Oh…never mind.

  7. SFC D says:

    Boy’s cheese done slipped off his cracker.

    Shit, can I still say cracker?

  8. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Stop. Everyone.

    We need this guys story from his yap trap.

    Invite him to tell all “here”.

    I believe in this one.

  9. SSG Kane says:

    I’m kind of impressed. He fucking committed.

    And likely should be committed, but still. Who among us has the testicular fortitude to try and pull this off?

  10. Atkron says:

    He was either crying like a bitch, or was in the Liquor when this photo was taken.

  11. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Christian Desgroux has NO business being out among the public with that many stripped gears in his head. Spending $1500 trying to get a romp in the sack with a Married Woman? Let him enjoy the romantic companionship of Bubba, Thor and Company while he’s in lockup!

  12. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    As the parrot said:


  13. M48DAT says:

    Riley Hale : There’s no difference between you and a guy who shoots up a schoolyard. You’ve both got a head full of bad wiring.

  14. Sparks says:

    Clowns with some cash.

  15. GDContractor says:

    Dude’s got credentials! Desgroux

  16. Ex-PH2 says:

    Somehow, this woman needs to get a restraining order or ‘no contact’ or whatever it is they have in her area to keep this guy away from her. He is nuts. She should get a gun, too. She might need it. Or at least a cartridge of pepper spray or something. And change her phone number, period.

    And we’ve seen what nuts can do prior to this, even when ROs are in place against them.

  17. Just An Old Dog says:

    Too bad he didn’t decide to Contract a certain Deceased Lawn Dart in Fort Meyers.
    Two assholes with the same stone,m or something along those lines.

  18. Guard Bum says:

    I guess asking what the woman looked like would be a no go now days eh?

  19. Fyrfighter says:

    Crazy and money is a bad combo!

  20. Hack Stone says:

    Hack remembers when this guy pulled the same shit at the headquarters of the proud but humble woman owned business in Bethesda MD. When he landed the whirlybird, the prop wash blew over the canopy protecting a 1980’s vintage Jaguar, and he took off with Elaine Ricci, with her never being heard from again.

  21. Thunderstixx says:

    Wheeeee haaaahhh !!!!
    This dude done drew the wild card at the Nurse Ratchette lobotomy parade !!!
    I’ve heard of screwballs before, but this one is a friggin’ Leonardo Da Vinci of nutcases !!!
    Gotta admit, it is an impressive fuckup as fuckups go !!!

  22. jonp says:

    Go Big Or Go Home

    The most important thing when starting a romance is being able to recognize batshit crazy. This is batshit crazy

  23. Ret_25X says:

    This dude is coo coo for the vitamin H (Haldol)

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