SPRINGDALE POLICE ASKING FOR THE COMMUNITIES HELP IN IDENTIFYING A SEXUAL ASSAULT SUSPECT THAT IMPERSONATED A POLICE OFFICER
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On Tuesday October 22, 2013 at approximately 8:30 pm a man stopped a woman on the side of the road at the 1000 block of Wattling Rd using a small blue light on his dash board. The suspect approached the vehicle and advised the victim that her tag lamp was out. The suspect then used the traffic stop as a ruse to get the victim out of the vehicle. The suspect then began to physically assault the victim with his fists. The suspect then forced the victim into the edge of the wood line where he sexually assaulted her. The suspect then got into his vehicle and pulled onto Wattling Rd and drove toward Augusta Rd.
The suspect is described as a white male, in his early twenties to mid-thirties in age, with light brown or red hair, with light colored eyebrows and no facial hair. The suspect was wearing a black t-shirt with “POLICE” written on the front, a black windbreaker style jacket (similar to a law enforcement style) with no patches, khaki pants, black low quarter police style shoes/boots and a box style holster similar to a radio holster (not a gun holster). The suspect’s vehicle is a small four door compact car that appears to be newer and a small blue light on the dashboard.
Investigators with Springdale Police Department and SLED are working together to investigate the incident.
Chief Cornett asks that anyone with information in reference to this incident please call the Springdale Police Department at 803-796-3160 or call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, text CRIMES (274637) and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC” followed by the tip information, or log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.
Please always remember, if law enforcement requests you to stop while you are driving feel free to:
- Engage your Hazard lights and pull over in a WELL-LIT, populated area.
- Call 911 and advise them you are looking for a safe location to stop and ask them to verify the police officer attempting to stop you.
Posted on Wed, October 23, 2013
by Joe Boyes