San Angelo Police Investigating Possible Police Impersonator

 

SAN ANGELO, TX –– According to the San Angelo Police, on Thursday the department received reports a local resident had been stopped by un an unmarked vehicle during the early morning hours.

Per the report, the citizen was stopped in the 1700blk of Cox Lane by a black Dodge Charger with dark-colored rims, a light bar with strobe lights near the rearview mirror, and temporary registration tags on the rear of the vehicle.

After the unidentified subject made contact with the citizen, he left abruptly when the citizen questioned his identity and the agency he was with.

SAPD checked with other law enforcement agencies and learned the subject was not associated with them.

The subject is described as a black male, between the ages of 20-30, approximately 6’-6’2” tall with a medium athletic build. He may also have a tattoo on his right hand.
        
Any citizens who may have experienced similar interactions with this subject or have any information regarding his identity are asked to contact the SAPD at 325-657-4315.

SAPD has also provided the following safety tips for drivers who may be stopped by a vehicle that is not immediately identifiable as a marked police unit or unmarked:

  1. Call 911- Make contact with 911 to verify that the person stopping you is a police officer. 
  2. Turn on your hazard lights- Turn on your hazard lights and slowly make your way to the nearest populated/well-lit area and advise the dispatcher of the location you intend on stopping. 
  3. Know your location- Knowing your location is key so that you can relay this information to the dispatcher. A location would be helpful in the case that it is an illegitimate stop and Officers can find you quickly to help. (Landmarks, restaurants, convenience stores, intersections, etc.)
  4. Describe the vehicle to dispatch- Try to give the best description you can of the vehicle attempting to stop you. This can help confirm whether or not this vehicle is associated with a law enforcement agency. 
  5. Follow the directions of the dispatcher- Follow the directions of the dispatcher if they confirm that the vehicle stopping you is a law enforcement officer. 
  6. Stay on the phone with the dispatcher- Even if you find a populated/well-lit area to stop, stay on the phone with the dispatcher until you verify that the stop is legitimate. 

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ME Someone, Thu, 01/27/2022 - 15:40

PERFECT example of why you should record ALL police encounters and question police on their validity. Ask for their card, name and badge number every single time. This person did right.

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