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Fayetteville police looking for police impersonator

Posted November 24, 2010 9:51 p.m. EST
Updated November 24, 2010 10:08 p.m. EST

— 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.