Police Impersonator Wanted For Assaulting, Robbing Victim
by Janet Kim
MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. – A suspect accused of impersonating a police officer has been sought by officials in Maury County.
One Maury County resident was assaulted and robbed when he pulled over for what he was a police officer.
Officials with the Maury County Sheriff's Office said when the victim got out of his car, he was knocked unconscious, hit over the head and robbed of all his cash by someone only pretending to be an officer.
For any law enforcement agency, unmarked vehicles have their uses.
"Even our unmarked vehicles, when they light up, the headlights are flashing," said Maury County Sheriff's Detective Ray McCluggage. "The front grill is normally full of lights, and it's usually a pretty good display."
However, now these detectives are on the lookout for someone using their own lights and pretending to be police.
"Just north of Rock Dale Hill Road, he saw the blue lights flashing on the dash of the yellow Camaro," said McCluggage. "He thought he was being stopped for a legitimate reason, and we pulled him over."
Maury County Detectives said that the suspects were in a yellow newer model Camaro. Not only did the impersonator pull the victim over along Highway 43, investigators said he and another person hit him over the head and then robbed him.
"It's very concerning," said McCluggage. "People put trust in law enforcement and when it gets out that people are impersonating us, then it makes people fearful to deal with us."
With the imposter still out there, police said drivers beware.
"I would certainly suggest to people that saw something like that to call law enforcement before they stop, and make sure that's a legitimate stop," said McCluggage.
Law enforcement agents said that if you have concerns about who's trying to pull you over, simply call dispatch to confirm that it is indeed an officer. They said a legitimate officer would be in contact with their dispatchers.
Just last month, a man was arrested for posing as a Good Samaritan in Maury County. The suspect in that case helped stranded motorists only to rob them.