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Don’t be fooled by police impersonators. Here’s what to do if stopped by an unmarked car.

SAN ANGELO — Police are urging San Angelo drivers to be cautious after studying a person driving a black Dodge Charger might have tried to impersonate legislation enforcement.

About 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, police discovered an individual had been stopped within the 1700 block of Cox Lane by an unmarked black Dodge Charger. It had darkish coloured rims, a light-weight bar with strobe lights within the rear view mirror and non permanent registration tags, in accordance to the discharge.

The Charger’s driver met with the particular person, however “left abruptly when questioned by the complainant regarding his identity and the agency he was with,” the file acknowledged. Officers confirmed this man was not affiliated with space legislation enforcement companies.

The San Angelo Police Department is investigating a attainable impersonator after somebody tried to cease a car on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.

The man was described as Black, round 20-30 years outdated, 6-6’2 toes tall, with a medium athletic construct and a attainable tattoo on his proper hand, in accordance to the discharge.

If individuals have has related contact with this man, or have data, contact the police at 325-657-4315.

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What to do if stopped by police in marked or unmarked unit

The San Angelo Police Department provided these steps to guarantee security throughout a visitors cease, whether or not it’s a marked or unmarked unit.

  1. Call 911 to confirm that the particular person stopping you is a police officer.

  2. Turn in your hazard lights and slowly make your method to the closest populated/nicely lit space and advise the dispatcher of the placement you propose on stopping.

  3. Know your location, which you will have to relay to dispatch. This helps if it’s an illegitimate cease and permits officers to discover you. Landmarks, eating places, shops and streets are examples to assist along with your location.

  4. Describe the car stopping you to dispatch to the perfect of your means. This can assist verify if that is with a legislation enforcement company.

  5. Follow the dispatcher’s instructions.

  6. Stay on the telephone with the dispatcher till they confirm it’s a authentic cease.

This will not be the primary time somebody has tried to impersonate legislation enforcement within the San Angelo space. Most generally, scammers have tried to impersonate officers over telephone calls.

Related: San Angelo man pleas guilt to multiple charges, including impersonating a peace officer

In 2019, Troy Lankford, a San Angelo man, pleaded guilty to two counts of impersonating a public servant in 2018.

On Oct. 1 and July 24 in 2018, Lankford impersonated a peace officer with the intent to make two ladies “submit to the pretended official authority” of “rely on (his) pretended official acts.” Both occasions, he displayed a pockets.

His impersonations got here to gentle on Aug. 1, 2018, after Lankford tried to pull over a automotive occupied by ladies, one in all whom was a scholar at Wall High School.

Lankford was sentenced to 5 years confinement in Tom Green County Jail.

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Alana Edgin is a journalist overlaying Crime and Courts in West Texas. Send her a information tip at aedgin@gannett.com.

This article initially appeared on San Angelo Standard-Times: Police impersonator reported in San Angelo; tips to stay safe

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