WEST HELENA, AR (localmemphis.com) -- Getting pulled over by a police officer is enough to get your heart beating, but drivers in Helena, Arkansas say they're scared after a fake cop is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage during a phony traffic stop.
"He tried to pull my grand daughters clothes down," said the victim's grandma who didn't want to identify herself with the police impersonator roaming free.
"Very traumatic experience for her," she said. "This was her very first time being pulled over by the police."
According to police, the 18-year-old reported being pulled over around 9:45 pm on September 12th. The teen told police the man told her he had pulled her over because her taillight was out. She said the man told her to get out of the car and then handcuffed her left hand.
She said the man started to grope her and get into her pants. She was able to break free and escape, running behind a nearby building. The man then got into his car and drove off.
Police describe the car as a black unmarked vehicle with a blue light bar or "hid-a-way lights" installed. It happened in the area of Beachcrest School near the intersection of 10th and Plaza Streets.
"She is truly courageous in the steps that she took," said Helena-West Helena Police Chief Uless Wallace.
Wallace said his officers are pulling out all the stops in tracking down the impersonator.
"It is a safety issue, we are not going to be profiling each police car but, if they fit the criteria of this, we are going to make contact," said Wallace.
Jackie Strong works at a convenience store near the attack and saw the unmarked car hours before.
"I normally look out the window and whatever and I did see it come across here," she said. "It's a shock."
Police describe the impersonator as a while male, approximately 6'2" with a slender build and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a military-style uniform.
"You wouldn't think someone would go out there and impersonate police to get over for his own sexual gains or whatever," said the victim's grandma. "Makes you wonder who can you trust?"
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