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ERIE -- The Weld County Sheriff's Office issued a warning to residents about a police impersonator who was targeting women near Erie on both the Weld and Boulder sides of the county …
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ERIE -- The Weld County Sheriff's Office issued a warning to residents about a police impersonator who was targeting women near Erie on both the Weld and Boulder sides of the county line.
Spokesman Joe Moylan said the suspect is a clean-shaven Caucasian of average build and standing about 6 feet tall. He has average-length brown hair and may be wearing a black, button-down, short-sleeve shirt, black pants and a utility belt with a button on his hip.
Deputies said the suspect has been targeting and pulling over female drivers.
"The most recent incident occurred shortly after midnight Friday when deputies responded to northbound Interstate 25 and Erie Parkway on a report of a suspicious person," a sheriff's office press release said. "The victim, a woman, told deputies she was just pulled over by a man driving a black sedan outfitted with red
and blue lights mounted either inside near the top windshield or on the roof of the car."
The woman told deputies the suspect asked her why she thought he had pulled her over and then asked for her license and registration. The woman noticed the suspect wasn’t wearing a badge and asked why he didn’t have it.
"The suspect told the woman the badge was in his vehicle," the sheriff;s office said. "The suspect invited the woman to step
out of her car and to come back to his vehicle to see his badge. The woman then said she was going to call 911 to get his badge number."
The suspect then returned to his car and drove away, reports said. The call matches closely to two other incidents July 26 and July 27 in the Erie Police Department’s jurisdiction. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating a similar incident that occurred in about the last week, the Weld County Sheriff's Office said.
If anyone thinks they are being pulled over by a suspicious vehicle, the sheriff's office suggests calling 911 and turning on your hazard lights to acknowledge the stop and pull over in a well-lit area.
"Ask dispatchers to remain on the line for the initial contact," the sheriff's statement said. "Be sure to get a good description of the person and the vehicle, including a license plate number."
Anyone with any information about the suspect or the vehicle should call Deputy Chris Dalzell at 970-400-4508.
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