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Fayetteville police looking for police impersonator

Posted November 24, 2010

— Fayetteville police said Wednesday that they are seeking a man wanted for impersonating a police officer.

The man, dressed in a blue uniform, stopped a woman on Bragg Boulevard and Johnson Street around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

She described him as being white, standing 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with dark brown hair, brown eyes and a southern accent.

He also had a badge and name tag labeled “Swartz” on his uniform, police said.

In addition, he had a leather belt with a holster, mace and a radio holder. He had handcuffs hanging on the back of his belt instead of in a handcuff holder.

His vehicle was described as a tan or light gold Dodge Charger with red and white lights in the grill. There were no blue lights in or on the vehicle.

The woman reported a partial North Carolina license plate with the last two numbers being “38.”

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call the Cross Creek Watch Commander’s Office at 910-433-1830 or 910-433-1827 or call Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS.

Authorities offered motorists these reminders:

  • Local police vehicles will always be equipped with blue lights of some sort.
  • Marked vehicles should be occupied by officers in a police uniform.
  • Unmarked vehicles may or may not be occupied by officers in uniform, but the officers not in uniform should have police credentials and a police badge.
  • Anyone with any doubt as to whether a car is a legitimate police vehicle can call 911 and verify the traffic stop with the communication center.
  • Always pull over in a safe area that is well lit and has other people to assist if needed
  • If choosing to drive until reaching a safe place, turn on flashers and drive slower than the posted speed limit.

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  • dsalter Nov 25, 2010

    I live near Fayetteville and work in that area almost every day. It's a diversified community with people from all over the country and world for that matter. If she was new to the area, the color or the lights might not have been familiar to her. Some states still use red. As far as the race part, I don't really think that would be anymore than a description of the person. Some of the cars used in Georgia are various colors but clearly show the name of the law enforcement agency on the door. They'll fool you enough like they are.

  • airbornemonty Nov 25, 2010

    Wildcat, I have always read and liked your posts, but I don't see anything in this story about race here.

    The woman was just describing the individual. He was over two hundred pounds, over six feet and caucasian. What is the matter with that?

    What was she supposed to say, that the person was a mysterious color or that he was somehow transparent.

    Wildcat, surely you can think better than that!

  • Alexia.1 Nov 25, 2010

    I wish police would not use unmarked cars and we would then avoid risking public safety like this.

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 25, 2010

    Good thing we don't prosecute people who impersonate politicians...$arah would be facing at LEAST 75 years in the slammer! ;)

  • wildcat Nov 25, 2010

    So the race was a factor. :) Thats going to be hard to catch him.