Woman fights off police impersonator who attacked her in Aurora

Fake cop stops woman's car, grabs her by hair

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora police are investigating an officer impersonation in which a man pulled a woman's car over and attempted to assault her.

Police are looking for anyone who may have seen the incident which happened at about 10 p.m. Monday on East Alameda Avenue and South Havana Street.

The woman said 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 in this case 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.

Unmarked police vehicles are used by the Aurora Police Department and other law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Colorado. If you find yourself in a situation where you are being stopped by one and are not certain whether it is an actual police officer, Aurora Police recommend that you slow down, move to the right, turn on your turn signal, and pull into a heavily populated parking lot.

You can always call 911 to determine whether or not an actual law enforcement officer has stopped you. All Aurora Police officers are required to carry their badge and identification card while on-duty.

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.

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