Search Is On For Fake Deputy Pulling Over Women In St. Francis County

ST. FRANCIS Co, Ark. (localmemphis.com) - Fear in St. Francis County after two women claim they were pulled over by a man impersonating a deputy.

 

Both victims say the man was wearing a fake uniform and driving an unmarked white Dodge Charger with blue lights in the car's grill.

 

"We don't know whether it's a person who is just infatuated with the law enforcement profession or if it is a situation where someone has other crimes planned,” says Sgt. Eddie Adamson, with the St. Francis Co. Sheriff's Office.

 

The most recent incident was Wednesday afternoon on Highway 1, south of Forrest City. The woman told detectives that the fake deputy accused her of running a stop sign and took her driver's license information. He also told her there was a warrant for her arrest, but he took care of it.

 

Just days before on Sunday evening, Kaitlyn Courtney was stopped by a man impersonating a deputy at an Exxon gas station in Forrest City. Courtney says the fake cop claimed he pulled her over to warn her that someone was pulling over women.

 

Courtney says she got an eerie feeling the second the stranger approached her.  "Just an eerie feeling that you know, especially when he started talking and everything and I seen his shirt, says Courtney. "It was olive green and it said St. Francis Undercover Officer."

 

"He did not need any of my information. He did not run my tags on my truck. As soon as I seen him coming up, I started getting bad vibes and stuff. It was terrifying from the beginning,” says Courtney. "One of the things he told me was that when I passed by him he seen that I was female and that's the reason he pulled me over, to warn me that people were pulling over females. Or there's somebody out there pulling over females."

 

Sergeant Adamson compares the fear to twenty years ago, when the now-convicted blue light rapist terrorized Arkansas by using blue lights to pull over women. Adamson says they'll work day and night until this fake cop is caught.

 

"We've got two people that's been victimized individually,” says Sgt. Adamson. “But the community as a whole has been victimized as well just by knowing that this person is out there."

 

The St. Francis County Sheriff's Office is devoting all resources to finding the suspect.

 

If you get pulled over or see someone pulled over by an unmarked white Dodge Charger, call 911 to verify it’s a real law enforcement officer. If you are able to safely, record the stop with your cell phone to give to investigators.


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