The Lower Providence Police Department has released a composite sketch of the man they say impersonated a police officer earlier this week so he could pull over a local woman and chat her up.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s, approximately 5'11" tall, 190 lbs., with short brown hair. At the time of the incident, the man was wearing a dark EMT-style uniform with a circular patch on the left sleeve. He did not display a badge.
Police say on Monday, Feb. 11, at approximately 9 p.m., the man was following a local woman who was driving on Evansburg Road in the Evansburg section of Lower Providence when activated a blue dashboard-mounted in his car – described as a small four-door tan vehicle with tinted windows.
According to police, the woman pulled into a lot at the intersection of Germantown Pike and Evansburg Road and the alleged impersonator approached her car and engaged her in conversation. Police say he did not try to have her exit her car and there was no physical contact between the two. After a brief conversation, the content of which police have not revealed, the man returned to his vehicle and both parties drove away from the area.
The woman contacted police the next day and reported the incident.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Lower Providence Police at 610-539-5901.
Authorities are advising motorists that vehicles equipped with only blue lights are not authorized to effect vehicle stops in Pennsylvania. Police vehicles in Pennsylvania, both marked and unmarked, must be equipped with a combination of red and blue emergency lights.
Police say that if you are being signaled to stop by an unmarked vehicle that you believe may not be a police vehicle, you should continue to drive at a slow speed to a safe, well-lit and populated area before pulling over. You can also call 911 and advise them that you are being stopped by a vehicle that you believe may not be a police vehicle so the dispatcher can advise the officer why you are not stopping. If you stop for an officer in an unmarked car, you can also request that a marked police unit respond to confirm that the unmarked police vehicle is legitimate.