Police looking for officer impersonator

November 24, 2010 4:48:27 PM PST
Fayetteville Police are looking for a man who allegedly impersonated a police officer. They say a man in a blue uniform stopped a woman on Bragg Boulevard near Johnston Street around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The victim described the man as standing at about 6' 2" and weighing 200 pounds. He has dark hair, brown eyes, was unshaven and had a southern accent.

The woman also said the man had a badge and name tag (SWARTZ) on his uniform, leather belt with a holster, mace and a radio holder. He did not have a handcuff holder on his belt. His handcuffs were hanging from his belt in the back.

The suspect's vehicle was described as a tan or light gold Dodge Charger with red and white lights in the grill. There were no blue lights in or on the vehicle. The car had North Carolina license plates. The last two numbers on the plates were 38.

Authorities say the victim's vehicle was processed for the suspect's fingerprints.

Fayetteville police say local police vehicles are always equipped with blue lights of some kind with officers in uniform.

Unmarked vehicles may have officers who are not in uniform, but those officers should have police credentials and a police badge. Police also say if anyone has any doubt as to the legitimacy of a police vehicle, they should call 911 to verify the traffic stop with the communication center.

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