JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – Investigators have released a sketch of a man they say was impersonating a police officer and pulled a woman over in Jefferson County.
The victim says the man told her there was too much traffic where she pulled over and she needed to drive to a less populated area, which the woman knew from living there that it was dark and secluded.
The incident happened Oct. 29 near South Wadsworth Boulevard and Chatfield Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. The woman told police she knew the area well and was not about to take any chances. She says after she challenged the man’s identity, he returned to his car and drove away.
“She was smart and she told him ‘no.’ That stunned him. He didn’t know what to do. He stammered with his words and said he’d let her off with a warning and ran back to his car and took off,” Mark Techmeyer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.
The man pulled up behind the woman’s car in a vehicle with a red flashing light but no other police markings. She says the man wasn’t wearing a badge, police patches or gun belt.
“When a person gets pulled over by a single, little rotating red dome light, there is your number one red flag,” Techmeyer said.
The suspect is described as a white man in his late 30s with dark brown, short hair. He’s about 6 feet tall with a thin build. The car is described as a large dark-colored four-door sedan with no rear license plate. It could be a Ford Crown Victoria.
“It doesn’t make us happy. We want to get our hands on this guy,” Techmeyer said.
Police say most undercover officers will show their credentials as they walk up as a standard practice. They say those who ever feel uncomfortable about who is pulling them over shouldn’t stop and call 911 and confirm with the dispatcher their officer is indeed pulling them over.
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