Woman assaulted by man impersonating off-duty police officer

A woman was assaulted with a handgun Thurs­day morning by a man who impersonated an off-duty police officer, police said.

 

According to a news release from Rich­mond County sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser, a woman was walking near Eve and Walker streets about 8 a.m. when a man in a pickup pulled alongside her. The man identified himself as a police officer and showed her a gold star badge before offering her a ride.

The woman entered the truck and was driven to the 2100 block of Hicks Street, where the man demanded sexual acts, Dres­ser said. The woman refused and was assaulted with a handgun. The man then allowed her to leave.

The man is described as black, heavyset, clean-shaven and 35 to 40 years old. He was wearing a black T-shirt and dark gym shorts.

The vehicle is described as a two-tone gold 1990s standard-cab truck. The top portion was darker than the lower portion.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Richmond Coun­ty Sher­iff’s Office at (706) 821-1080 or (706) 821-1020. Callers can remain anonymous.

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