Sheriff's Office warns of police impersonator in South Jeffco

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By Ramsey Scott

The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a suspected police impersonator.

About 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29, a woman driving north on Wadsworth Boulevard from C-470 was pulled over by a man claiming to be an officer. The man tried to lure her into a secluded neighborhood, according to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

The woman said the man was driving what appeared to be an unmarked police car. The car had a dome-shaped rotating red emergency light but no other markings or emergency lights usually found on a police vehicle. The man driving the car, who appeared to be in his late 30s, approached the driver's-side window and identified himself as a police officer. He then told the woman there was too much traffic on the road and directed her to pull into a nearby neighborhood.

The woman became suspicious since there was hardly any traffic, and because the man was not wearing a law enforcement uniform. The woman was also familiar with the neighborhood, which is secluded and dark.

The Sheriff’s Office said the woman refused, and the man said,” Well, OK, then, I'll give you a warning,” and then hurried back to his car and headed north on Wadsworth.

The Sheriff's Office described the man as a white male in his late 30s with dark brown short hair, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. The man was last seen wearing black BDU/cargo-style pants and a black long-sleeved shirt.

His car described as a larger dark-colored four-door sedan, and it did not have a rear license plate. The Sheriff’s Office suspects the car may have been a Ford Crown Victoria but was unable to confirm that.

Anyone with information on the suspect should call the Sheriff’s Office at 303-271-5612.