AURORA, Colo. - Aurora police are issuing a public warning after a police impersonator pulled a woman over in broad daylight.
The incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. on July 18, police said in a Facebook post. The victim was driving westbound on E. Quincy Ave. near S. Reservoir Rd. when she noticed a black, unmarked sedan pull in behind her.
It may have been a Dodge Charger equipped with emergency-style lights flashing red, white and blue, police said.
Police say the victim initially believed she was being stopped by a real police officer, and pulled over into the parking lot at 19350 E. Quincy Ave.
There, the driver said the fake officer told her she was stopped for having a broken tail light. During their exchange, police said she asked for a business card or badge number but the impersonator refused to provide that information.
Although unmarked police cars are used by Aurora Police and other departments, officers are required to carry their badge and identification card while on duty.
Eventually, the suspect told the woman she was free to leave and she left the area.
Police say the impersonator was described as a white man in his 20s with a "baby face," a medium build and broad shoulders. His head was shaved or bald, and had blond eyebrows and green eyes.
The suspect's uniform was dark blue with a shield-style badge. He also wore a radio with a lapel microphone and a belt with a holster and gun on his right hip. There were no patches on his shoulders.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or seen the suspect is asked to contact Agent Belleau with the District 3 Detective Unit at 303-627-3156.
If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, Aurora police recommend pulling over in a heavily-populated and well-lit area. You can also call 911 to determine if the vehicle trying to pull you over is actual law enforcement.