Woman handcuffed by fake cop during traffic stop

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police say a man who was impersonating a law enforcement officer pulled a woman over and handcuffed her in the backseat of her car.

It happened at about 8:00 a.m. on July 13 on NW Grand Avenue between Roosevelt Street and Van Buren Street.

The female victim, 41, told police she pulled over after seeing a vehicle in her rear-view mirror with flashing red and blue dome-type dashboard lights.

The woman said she believed she was being stopped by police and continued driving until she found a safe place to pull over.

The suspect exited his car and approached the victim. The victim immediately noticed that the suspect, though wearing a tan “Polo” shirt and khaki pants, had no visible badge, weapon or any other law enforcement identifier.

The suspect identified himself to the victim as a sheriff’s deputy and appeared angry. He scolded the victim about her bad driving and the fact that she did not pull over fast enough.

The suspect ordered her out of her vehicle and demanded her identification. He then placed the victim in handcuffs and ordered her to the rear of the vehicle.

The suspect returned to his car momentarily, telling the victim he was going to do a “background” check on her. The suspect returned to the victim, told her he was giving her a “warning” and that she had warrants. The suspect then released the victim.

This victim reported the suspicious traffic stop to the Phoenix Police Department.

Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect and a picture of vehicle matching the description of the suspect's vehicle.

Any person with information concerning this suspect and his actions are asked to please call Silent Witness at 480-948-6377. Callers may remain anonymous.

Phoenix Police Department Advisory
This incident occurred during daylight hours. The Phoenix Police Department is advising citizens who are being stopped by law enforcement, and are concerned or suspicious about the stop, there are some actions you can take.

First, call 911 and advise the operator of your location and situation.

If a police officer is pulling you over, his dispatcher would be aware of the officer’s action and location.

There are many police jurisdictions a citizen may encounter in the valley and it may take a few moments for the 911 operator to locate the agency who is pulling you ever.

More police units may arrive to the area because you are not stopping and this would indicate the traffic stop is legitimate.

Also, you should make every attempt to pull into a safe, well-lighted and occupied parking area.