Sheridan Police look for impersonator who stopped woman, ordered her out of car on South Santa Fe

Woman rolled up window, drove away

SHERIDAN, Colo. - Sheridan Police are looking for an impersonator who activated his dashboard emergency lights and stopped a woman on South Santa Fe Drive early Wednesday.

The woman told police she was northbound on Santa Fe approaching Hampden around 7:40 a.m. when she saw a black car with flashing lights in her rearview mirror.

“She pulled over,” said Sheridan Police Chief Mark Campbell. “She was approached by a driver wearing a navy blue police type uniform with no visible insignia or badge.”  He said the impersonator was also wearing a police type belt, but the driver didn’t notice a radio or any type of sidearm.

“He asked for her license and registration,” the chief said. “He took them back to his car for a few moments, then brought them back to her and asked her to step out of the car, twice.”

Instead, the woman became anxious, rolled up her window and drove off.

“The person made no attempt to tell her to stop, made no attempt to follow her and made no attempt to re-engage her, which is why we’re concerned that this was not a legitimate traffic stop by law enforcement personnel,” Campbell said.

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The impersonator was described as a white man 6-foot-2 inches to 6-foot-4 inches tall with short blond hair and a thin beard.

If you witnessed the incident, Sheridan Police ask that you call Detective Brett Cutler at 303-438-3246 or the Sheridan Police Department at 303-762-2211.

-- Police impersonator in Parker

Sheridan Police confirmed to 7NEWS that they are talking with Parker Police about a similar incident.

Parker Police reported that a man in a black pickup truck pulled over a woman on March 19 on southbound Parker Road near Pine Lane. That incident also happened in broad daylight at 10:30 a.m.

In the Parker case, the police impersonator was described as a man in his late 30s to early 40s, who is 5-feet-11 to 6-feet tall, 180- 200 pounds, with short sandy brown hair and a goatee.

The Parker victim told police the police impersonator had a large silver tool box in the bed of the truck and an extension ladder that extended from the truck bed over the cab.

-- Police impersonator in Aurora

Sheridan Police also compared notes with Aurora Police who reported a similar incident March 31.

The victim, thinking she was being stopped by an officer, pulled over into an apartment complex parking lot at Alameda and South Jamaica Street.  The suspect told the driver he stopped her for speeding.  She became suspicious and asked for his badge number.  He then grabbed the victim by her hair and reached in and tried to remove the keys from the ignition.  The victim fought back and punched the suspect in the face.  He released the victim and fled from the scene.

The suspect in the Aurora case  is described as a black male, about 5' 10" with a slim build.  Police say he had a distinctive two inch vertical scar on his left check and short black hair.

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