PARKER, Colo. -- Parker Police sound the alarm on a man pretending to be a police officer.
The phony officer pulled a woman over for speeding Wednesday morning on Parker Road near Pine Lane.
Police want to get the word out in case this guy tries again.
It was a flashing red and blue emergency light that caused the victim to pull over on the shoulder of the busy highway.
But something was off about the proclaimed policeman.
“The things he asked her would be consistent with a traffic stop. However, he was not wearing a uniform. He did not state what agency he was from. He did not produce a badge. He displayed no weapon. So those are other indicators you may look for,” says Parker Police Officer Dawn Cashman.
Plus, he was driving a black truck with a larger, silver tool box in the bed and an extension ladder that stretched over the cab.
He got her personal information. Then, luckily, let her go.
“It was only a traffic stop and she was sent on her way, this time. However, without knowing the intent of what this male was attempting to do or what he could do in the future, we don’t want other crimes to be committed,” says Cashman.
Other crimes, like the one that changed state law--making police impersonation a felony and possessing emergency lights a misdemeanor.
In 2003, 22-year-old Jason Clausen impersonated a police officer to kidnap and kill 20-year-old UNC student Lacy Miller.
“He used those flashing red and blue lights, pulled her over as if conducting a traffic stop and later she was found murdered,” says Cashman.
The prospect of an imposter policeman in Parker makes some women nervous.
“You’re trying to be a law-abiding citizen and you’re getting pulled over and you’re putting yourself in danger,” says Parker resident Cary Fussa.
“I wouldn’t have pulled over. I probably would have gone somewhere and gone into a public place,” says Parker resident Bobbi Gietzen.
Police say pseudo officers undermine the public’s trust—blurring the line between safety and danger.
But, when in doubt about an officer’s legitimacy, police say call 911.
A dispatcher will tell you if that officer is for real.
If you don’t have a phone, put on your flashers and slowly drive to the nearest public place.
The suspect is white, late 30’s to early 40’s, 5’11” to 6-feet, 180-200 lbs., with short, sandy brown hair and a goatee.
Police would like to hear from you if you recognize the suspect or have faced a similar experience. You can call the Parker Police Department at 303-841-9800.