Sketch released from Aurora police impersonation; Victim says man assaulted her

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora Police have released a sketch of the man wanted for pulling over a woman's car, then attempting to assault her.

The woman was driving on East Alameda Avenue and South Havana Street on March 31 about 10 p.m. when she noticed a black sedan, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria, pull in behind her and turn on a flashing red "dome" style light.

The woman told police she pulled into an apartment complex parking lot at East Alameda Avenue and South Jamaica Street. As the suspect approached her car, she noticed the uniform shirt he was wearing did not have a badge or any type of patches identifying him as a law enforcement officer.

The suspect told the woman he had stopped her for speeding. The woman said she asked the man for his badge number. He then grabbed the victim by the hair and reached into the vehicle and attempted to remove the keys from the ignition, she said. The victim fought back by punching the suspect in the face. The attacker released the victim and fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 5-feet 10-inches tall with a slim build. He had a distinctive 2-inch vertical scar on his left cheek. He has short black hair, was clean shaven and had a deep voice. He was wearing a dark colored uniform shirt, dark pants with a belt, and fingerless gloves. The victim did not see a weapon.

Anyone who might have witnessed this incident or has information about this case is asked to contact Aurora Police Agent Brim with the District 1 Crimes Against Persons Unit at 303-739-1843. You can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You may text your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then use the title DMCS and enter your message. You may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up $2,000.

-- Recent police impersonation cases

There have been four other recent cases of police impersonation, each of these involved a traffic stop. It is unclear if they are related in any way.

- March 19 in Parker: A woman said she pulled over on Parker Road near Pine Lane by an unmarked black pickup truck with flashing red and blue lights in her rearview mirror. The driver was described as a "clean cut," white man his late 30s to early 40s. The man was about 6 feet tall with short sandy brown hair and a goatee. The victim said there was a large, silver tool box in the bed of the truck and ladder that extended from the truck bed over the cab.

- March 31 in Aurora: See above.

- April 8 in Denver: A woman said a man pulled up behind her near Ellsworth Avenue and University Boulevard and turned on some blue and white lights. The woman pulled over and said the impersonator threatened to issue her a ticket, then left. The suspect was described as a black man, 45 to 50 years old, who is about 6-feet tall. He had short hair. He was driving an older, four-door, unmarked, white car, police said. The woman told police the man was wearing a black uniform and had a badge, but it was not a police badge.

- April 15/16 in Loveland: A man in a police-style uniform asked for a driver's identification, but didn't give any reason for the stop. He then said the driver could go.

- April 16 in Sheridan: A driver activated dashboard emergency lights and stopped a woman on South Santa Fe Drive near Hampden. The impersonator was wearing a navy blue police-type uniform with no visible insignia or badge. When he asked her to step out of the car, she rolled up her window and drove off.

- April 18 in Englewood: A worker at a business allegedly identified himself as a police officer and displayed a badge. He was arrested on a charge of impersonating a police officer. Englewood Police said he is not connected to the other five recent cases.

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