Police impersonator demands money from Buckeye man

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- Buckeye police say a man impersonated an officer and demanded money from a citizen last Friday.

The citizen told police he was stopped at a stop sign in the area of 95th Avenue and McDowell Road when a man claiming to be a police officer approached him.

The impersonator said the citizen had run a red light and caused an accident, and told him to pay $1,000 to cover the damages.

The impersonator then followed the citizen to his Buckeye home, according to police.

The citizen called his bank to arrange a money transfer and the bank recommended he call police. The citizen relayed the information to the impersonator, who then fled the area.

The impersonator is described as a white man about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with black hair and a black beard. He was wearing a red shirt at the time.

The Buckeye Police Department said officers will never approach members of the public and demand money.

Police say citizens who believe they are being contacted by an impersonator should ask for identification, call the agency the person claims to be with, or even dial 911 if the person seems dangerous.