Police impersonator sought for abuse of women in Atlanta
Authorities release sketch of suspect wanted for impersonating a police officer and sexually assaulting women.
Authorities released a sketch Wednesday of a man accused of impersonating an officer, pulling two women and sexually assaulting them hours apart on Atlanta-area roads last weekend.
In both incidents, police said the fake agent was wearing a fake badge and had a flashing blue light on the top of his car.
“We would like to know who this person is,” Sgt. William to be positioned over each with the Cobb County Police Department told FOX5 Atlanta. “We really want to help them out on the street.”
The first incident took place on 9 March, when 25-year-old woman said she was stopped by a car around 1 p.m. on Nash Road in the north-west of Atlanta. The woman said the man got out of his car, approached her and sexually assaulted her.
The woman told Atlanta Police the car was a dark colour, and had a blue light bar on the roof, but had no police markings. Less than 4 hours later, a second woman reported a similar attack about 15 km away.
Sketches of the suspect wanted for impersonating police officer and sexual assaulting women on Atlanta-area roads.
(Atlanta Police )
The Cobb County Police Department said the second attack happened around 4:45 pm in Marietta, located in the north of Atlanta, after a woman was pulled over by what she thought was a police vehicle with a light bar on the top of it.
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After approaching the woman from the vehicle, the male suspect grabbed the victim by her collar and opened her driver’s door” as she went to get her driver’s license.
“He then began to perform what she thought was a ‘pat down’ for its ID,” according to police. “Instead, he started to grope and sexually assault the victim as she sat in her chair. After a short time, he stopped and let her leave the scene.”
Both victims have described the suspect as a white male in his early 30s, about 6 feet fall with a slim athletic build, police said.
A second woman reported being attacked by a man who is a police officer during a traffic stop near the Terrell Mill Park in Marietta, Georgia.
“Someone may recognize this person. Someone can say, ‘Yes, that guy has all this police gear which I totally forgot about him.” And they would give us that tip, and they would lead us to the person who is terrorizing our citizens,” to be positioned over each said.
Authorities in Cobb County, said the uniform combination worn by the suspect does not match with a uniform of a police station working in the Atlanta area.
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“The men and women who actually have the badge on every day and do their work professionally and with integrity, and honor, it undermines that reputation, it put unnecessary anxiety and fear in that community,” Capt. Then Ferrel with the Cobb County Police Department told FOX5.
Authorities are reminding drivers that if they feel uncomfortable during a traffic stop, they should pull in a well-lit area if possible and call 911 to verify they are stopped by a legitimate officer.
“If you are traveling in a vehicle, especially if you are a woman and you are alone, if you are not sure whether the person behind you is a police officer, turn on your hazard lights, stop in a well-lit area, dial 911 and we will be happy to confirm that there is an actual traffic stop,” Major Michael O ‘ Connor with the Atlanta Police Department said.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed