Suspect impersonating police officerBy MARLAN JONES,
On Wednesday, Jan. 2, the Simpson County Sheriff’s Department reported that a suspect had been seen impersonating a police officer. Investigator Chris Wallace said the suspect had been reported for stopping people on Highway 28 near Maddox Fruit Stand.
He was described as a white male of stocky build with spiked hair. He is driving a white Crown Victoria with old Simpson County markings and a single blue light in the dashboard. He is believed to be targeting women.
Wallace said the department has received two reports of the subject stopping people. The department is asking people who believe they have been stopped by the imposter to engage their emergency flashers and call 911. Victims should give the dispatcher their location and proceed to a well-lit area or the nearest police department.
Since the initial report on Wednesday, Jan. 2, Wallace said there have been two additional incidents involving the fake officer. Wallace explained that a woman was followed on Highway 13 South by a vehicle that matched the description. The suspect followed the woman and eventually turned on his single blue light located in the dash. The woman continued to drive until pulling into the entrance of her job. The suspect then turned off his light and continued to drive past. The description given was of a bald white male, which differs from the original description of a white male with spiked hair.
Wallace said the department has received three separate descriptions of the suspect, but the vehicle has consistently been identified as a white Crown Vic. Wallace reiterated that drivers should be cautious and vigilant.