In what sounds like a modern day horror story, a woman was pulled over by who she thought was police officers, only to be robbed at gunpoint on Monday.
The three police officer impersonators were in two vehicles, a blue cargo van and a black charger. Both vehicles had police lights in their front windows. It is easy to see where she could have mistaken the vehicles as undercover officers.
Fox News reports:
Two of the suspects approached the woman’s vehicle after pulling her over and one of them grabbed her by her shirt sleeve. The woman then tried to reach for her gun in the center console, but another suspect stopped her and grabbed her gun, wallet and $452 in cash.
Then one of the suspects pulled her out of her vehicle and threw her to the ground, holding her at gunpoint.
The suspects were dressed in black baseball caps, black t-shirts (both with “Police” written in white letters), black cargo pants, gun belts and badges, the victim told authorities.
This is not the first time a story like this has hit national news. She was very fortunate to have made it out of that situation alive. Especially since she was unable to get to her firearm.
If you are ever out driving, especially at night or in an area without much traffic, and you see the flashing lights of a police officer behind you but you are suspicious, then listen to your gut! If you have doubt that the vehicle behind you is an officer, you can put your flashers on while you call 911. They can confirm whether or not you are actually being pulled over by a real officer.
Call 911 while you’re being pulled over. If you’re still not sure whether it’s a real police officer, the best thing to do is to call 911. Try to give the dispatcher a detailed location of where you are and a description of your vehicle and the alleged police vehicle. The 911 dispatcher will be able to use that information to check with the local police or sheriff’s department to determine whether the vehicle you’re being pulled over by is actually a police vehicle, and whether that officer has actually pulled you over.
Be sure to give the make, model, and license plate of both your vehicle and the vehicle you’re being pulled over by.
Always be cautious and aware of your surroundings. You do not want to get caught in the same situation as this woman!