Police impersonators carjack vehicle in Mesa

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MESA -- The Mesa Police Department is issuing a warning to drivers after a reported carjacking Tuesday night.

Mesa police received a report of a carjacking in the northwestern area of the city along State Route 202 late Tuesday night.

Detective Michael Melendez said the reporting party told police that he was stopped by a dark-colored sedan that displayed red and blue lights to the rear.

Two men wearing vests like those of police officers got out of that car and forced the victim, at gunpoint, to surrender his vehicle. The suspects fled with the victim's vehicle.

The Mesa Police Department reminds drivers to be careful when pulling over for vehicles that are not immediately recognizable as police cars.

Melendez said if you are unsure that the car stopping you is really a police car, drive, at a lawful speed, to a well-lit area where other people are located before stopping. If the vehicle attempting to make the stop is a bona fide police vehicle, it will follow and make the stop there.