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Elderly Man Targeted by Cop Impersonator
The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is investigating another report of a person pretending to be a police officer. The latest incident actually involves two suspects, which is why authorities think it's most likely a copycat of previous reports.
Their target was an elderly man driving in rural Sangamon County early Monday morning.
Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell said a 79-year-old man was driving on Curran Road just north of Lick Road around 5 a.m. when he was approached by a maroon or red SUV from behind.
The SUV had a yellow rotating light on its dash, and was flashing its brights at the victim.
Campbell said the man did not pull over, but the driver of the SUV didn't back off. Instead, the driver passed the victim and pulled sideways in the road. A passenger of the SUV then reportedly got out and held his hands as if he had a weapon.
The suspect told the victim his car had been reported stolen.
When the victim didn't get out of his car, the suspect eventually let him drive away.
"I spoke to the victim," Campbell said. "We continue to say get to a lit area where there are people. If you can't get to either one, call 911. But as I spoke to him today, it didn't occur to him, because it happened so quickly, to call 911. So it's frustrating to us when we can't get someone on 911. But we understand when you think you're being pulled over, you don't think the same way."
The victim was only able to provide a basic description of the passenger. The driver never left his vehicle.
Campbell said the fake cop is described at a 25-year-old white man who is short and skinny.
The vehicle and suspect don't match the descriptions of any previous police impersonator reports.