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Police: Woman sexually assaulted by man pretending to be officer

Posted November 21, 2015
Updated November 22, 2015

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— Fayetteville police continued to search Sunday for a man accused of impersonating an officer and sexually assaulting the daughter of a Fort Bragg soldier on Wednesday in Cumberland County.

According to investigators, the assault happened at about 6 p.m. Wednesday on Bragg Boulevard between Fayetteville and Spring Lake.

The victim told police that she was driving toward Spring Lake when she was stopped by a tan or gold four-door car with a blue light on the dash. The victim said the suspect approached her, asked for her driver's license and and registration and told her he stopped her for speeding.

The man told the victim to get out of her vehicle, forced her into a nearby wooded area and sexually assaulted her, police said.

The suspect is described as a clean-shaven white man standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall. Police said he was in the late-20 to early 30s and has a medium build. During the incident, the suspect was said to be wearing black or dark-colored pants with a burgundy stripe down the legs, a grey button up short-sleeve shirt with a collar. The shirt had unidentified patches on both sleeves.

Police said the man also wore black-framed sunglasses and a "Smokey Bear" type hat. He was armed, although the victim said the man was not wearing a police-type duty belt, and he did not have a badge or name plate on his shirt.

Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command at Fort Bragg are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command at 910-635-1758 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

Fayetteville police said anyone who has doubt about whether they are being pulled over by a real law enforcement officer should slow down under the posted speed limit, move into a right-hand travel lane, turn on their emergency flashers and drive to a well-lit location with people around.

Citizens can also call 911 to confirm that a law enforcement officer is behind them.


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  • Robert Richardson Nov 23, 2015
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    Good luck with that. I work with someone who did exactly that. They called 911, turned on their flashers and slowed to about 10 mph. When they finally stopped, the officer made them get out of the car at gun point, cuffed them and searched their car. The reason he pulled them over was because the lights that shine down on the license plate had gone out. But because they didn't stop immediately they received the full treatment. And yeah, the ticket they received was for the lights and nothing more.

  • Libby Lynn Nov 22, 2015
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    All one has to do is NOT rape.

  • Mike Hill Nov 22, 2015
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    Cops will NOT be reasonable if you driv eto a safe place. My wife just drove 00 yds one time to pll over where there was a shoulder and the COP threatned to charge her with failure to irld to a blue light. She was only going 7 miles over the limit at the time. To solve these types of incidents no more unmrked cars for traffic stops. However that willnevr happen the LE is more about their power than your safety. They prove it time and time again. Remember you are responsbile for your safety not a LE individual, conduct yourselves accordingly.

  • Jarfaris Brown Nov 22, 2015
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    I agree with Tony25 the legislature should make it illegal for traffic stops to be done by unmarked cars.

  • tony25 Nov 22, 2015

    Maybe it is time we the peole require all police cars used for traffric stops to be MARKED/No more unmarked cars/

  • Sean Patrick Nov 22, 2015
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    Blaming the victim, been in this same situation before, or are you just a TROLL?

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 21, 2015
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    All one has to do, is to use their cell phone, to dial 911, and alert them that you are being pulled and where you are. Then you turn on your hazard flashers, drop to 5mph below the posted speed limit, and proceed to the nearest public place. It's not rocket science people.

  • Michael Tattrie Nov 21, 2015
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    I'm sure the officer pulling you over will be completely reasonable if you continue to drive to a safer place.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 21, 2015
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    It's awesome that they waited until 3 days later, to let us know to be looking out for this dude. He could be in Alaska by now.

  • Mark Colyer Nov 21, 2015
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    The cartoon picture should be very helpful for identification.