believe that the man who executed a traffic stop on a 17-year-old girl on
Thursday, Sept. 10, at Dogwood Park was impersonating a police officer.
police, at approximately 7:10 p.m. the girl was westbound on 1100N when she
observed a black SUV parked in the lot of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. That
SUV began to follow her, with blue and red lights activated on the dashboard
near the windshield, although at the time the girl thought the “police
officer” was interested in a second vehicle in front of hers, as it was
traveling at a high rate of speed. The girl then turned right onto
northbound 23rd Street, still behind the second vehicle, and immediately
left into the south entrance of Dogwood Park East, to allow the "police
officer” to pass her. Instead, the SUV’s driver followed her into the
The SUV had no
overhead emergency lights, nor emergency lights on its mirrors, nor else any
police logo or design on the body, the girl stated.
The girl was then
approached by a male subject who “did not identify himself as a police
officer” but did tell her “that the reason for the traffic stop was because
her turn signal was faint when she made a right turn onto 23rd Street.”
At no time did the
man ask the girl for her license or vehicle registration, she stated. He
did, however, tell “her that he was just giving her a warning.”
The man was
described “as a male Hispanic that was wearing a black in color hooded
sweatshirt and a gray in color gaiter-style mask which covered the lower
half of the driver’s face,” the girl stated. On leaving the parking lot of
Dogwood Park East, the man drove across the street to the parking lot of
Dogwood Park West and then pulled into a parking stall, she added.
were unable to find any traffic stop conducted by any law enforcement agency
in or around Dogwood Park at the time of the reported incident, police said.
Officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle either.
The incident has
been forwarded to the CPD Investigations Division.