Man Impersonating Cop Rapes Woman

Be on the lookout

This case reminds us to always check the credentials of someone claiming to be a cop. And if someone pulls you over and they aren’t armed the what cops usually are or the uniform looks iffy get out of there.

From Fox Carolina:

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help find a man who impersonated an officer and sexually assaulted a woman.

Investigator Tina Adams told FOX Carolina that on Dec. 10, the victim was traveling near Cherrydale on Poinsette Highway and was heading toward Greenville when she saw flashing blue lights behind her.

Adams said the woman pulled into the median and was approached by a man who appeared to be a deputy. The victim gave the man her driver’s license, and he then returned to his car, Adams said.

Adams said the man then returned to the window and told the victim her license was suspended. He then obtained permission to search her car, Adams said.

According to Adams, the man then placed handcuffs on the victim, led her to the rear of her vehicle, opened her trunk, lifted her dress and sexually assaulted her. The man then released the victim and sped off toward Greenville, Adams said.

Adams said the man was in a dark-colored sedan that had blue lights and looked much like an unmarked police vehicle.

The attacker is described as a white man with a tanned, olive complexion, possibly with short brown hair and brown eyes. The victim said the hairstyle and complexion reminded her of an Italian man, according to Adams.

At the time of the assault, he was wearing a dark blue or black uniform, including a short-sleeved shirt with military-style achievement ribbons on the left breast where a badge would normally sit, Adams said. An unknown badge was attached to his belt, and he carried a baton, Adams said.

An internal investigation determined that the assailant was indeed not a deputy and frankly the uniform description sounds more like a security guard than a cop. The “military-style achievement ribbons” sounds like he’s an armchair commando so I’m sure cops are checking Army-Navy stores and antique malls where militaria is sold.

Something they should probably teach you in high school is how local cops look. Cops in uniform don’t have their badges on their belt where I come from though I have personally run into few cops since I moved here. But cops have guns – if someone tells you they’re a cop and they’re wearing a uniform with no gun you need to pepper spray them and leave.

Memorize the above sketch and keep your eyes open. If you see this guy call Greenville Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.


6 Responses to “Man Impersonating Cop Rapes Woman”

  1. peg on January 6th, 2011 12:14 am

    Might this be the same guy? (Looks very similar to me.)
    Man Charged With Impersonating Officer:
    James Howell Arrested At West Gate Mall

  2. Rob Taylor on January 6th, 2011 12:20 am

    Nice catch peg. I’ll look into it and see if anyone has made the connection.

  3. Jarvis Pickens on January 6th, 2011 3:09 pm

    Peg, Thats what instantly crossed my mind. They even look alike!

  4. Rob Taylor on January 7th, 2011 1:38 am

    Cops announced that they don’t think it’s the same person.

  5. peg on January 7th, 2011 8:50 pm

    Glad it was checked out, anyway.
    Now, is it just me, or is there a strong resemblance between the guy in the “Green Valley Robberies” sketch and the guy in the “Greer Carolina First Bank Robbery” camera shot?

  6. Let’s Talk About Privilege on October 13th, 2012 6:48 pm

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