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City authorities seeking police impersonator

In Sexual Assault Awareness on September 29, 2010 at 9:00 am

Police looking for cop impersonator

Date published: 9/29/2010

BY KEITH EPPS

Fredericksburg police are looking for a man who pretended to be a law enforcement officer in an apparent effort to get close to a young college woman.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said a 20-year-old University of Mary Washington student arrived at her home in the 600 block of Charlotte Street about 11:25 p.m. Monday.

She noticed a man leaning against a street sign at the corner of Charlotte and Spotswood streets.

After parking her vehicle, Bledsoe said, the woman saw the man walking toward her with his hands in the air. He held out a wallet and said he was with the police, then asked to see her identification.

The man was not in a police uniform nor did he have a police cruiser, Bledsoe said.

The woman said no, and the man asked again. She again said no and continued toward her home.

The man then asked if there was anyone who could verify her identity and the woman told him her roommate could. But she denied his request to come inside and investigate.

The woman went inside and locked the door. She called the police, but the man was gone by the time an officer arrived.

“We are very concerned about this,” Bledsoe said. “We don’t know what his intentions were, but obviously he was trying to get close to her for some reason.”

Bledsoe said the woman handled the situation perfectly, but police are concerned that someone else might not.

The suspect was described as a clean-shaven black male in his 30s with short hair. He was wearing a white shirt and jeans, and the woman described him as polite.

Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 373-3122.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com

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