The Indiana State
Police and the Portage Police Department are warning residents of a possible
police impersonator who is believed to have performed traffic stops on women
on two different occasions this month.
According to the
ISP, at 9:50 p.m. Monday, July 8, a woman was southbound on I-65 near the
Crown Point exit when she was stopped by a late-model dark blue Ford Crown
Victoria with red and blue lights inside the windshield.
The woman advised
that she was then approached by a white male subject, described as older
with short gray hair and a mustache, wearing brown or khaki trousers and a
tan polo shirt with no insignia. The man did not identify himself as a
police officer, had no visible sidearm or gun belt, and did not use a
flashlight while approaching her, but “was aggressive in his demeanor and
yelling that she had been speeding,” the ISP said.
The man demanded
her driver’s license and registration, which he took back to his car, “where
he sat for approximately five minutes before returning her items” and
informing the woman that she would receive a citation in the mail in a few
weeks. He also informed her that a warrant for her arrest would be issued if
she failed to “take care of it.”
However, the woman
advised, the man’s “demeanor changed” the second time he approached her,
after “he realized that she wasn’t alone” in her vehicle, the ISP said.
A witness to this
traffic stop reported it to the ISP as well and stated that, in addition to
the red and blue lights in the windshield, the Ford Crown Victoria had
“flashing white lights around the plate in the rear.”
Then, on Wednesday,
July 17, a woman in Portage was stopped by a man driving a Ford Crown
Victoria with red and blue lights. Suspecting him to be a police
impersonator, the woman subsequently reported the incident to the Portage
PD. Her description of the suspect resembled the first woman’s, the ISP
information about either traffic stop or who may be able to identify the
suspect is asked to contact ISP Det. Brian McCall at (219) 690-0083.