Union County Ark Sher­iff ’s Of­fice: Po­lice im­per­son­ator strikes again

EL DORADO Ark — For the sec­ond time within days, the Union County Ark Sher­iff’s Of­fice has re­ceived a re­port about some­one im­per­son­at­ing a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer pulling over a cit­i­zen in a white, un­marked ve­hi­cle.

At ap­prox­i­mately 11 p.m. on Wed­nes­day a woman called 911 emer­gency dis­patch­ers and told them that her 15-year-old son was be­ing stopped by what ap­peared to be an un­marked law en­force­ment unit with red and blue dash­board lights in the area of Del-Tin High­way and Par­nell Road.
Dis­patch­ers con­firmed there were no Union County Ark  Sher­iff’s Of­fice units in the area at the time.
Deputies later spoke with the boy at his res­i­dence, and he told them that he pulled onto the park­ing lot of a busi­ness in the 4400 block of Hay­nesville High­way/ Arkansas 15 to re­ply to a text mes­sage.
When he pulled back onto the high­way, he no­ticed a ve­hi­cle ap­proach­ing him from the south.
The boy said he turned onto Del-Tin High­way, and as he neared the en­trance of the Del-Tin Fiber fa­cil­ity, the ve­hi­cle, which had also turned onto the Del-Tin High­way, ac­ti­vated red-and­blue dash­board lights.
He said he was speak­ing to his mother at the time to let her know what was hap­pen­ing, and he told her, “This is not the po­lice.”
The boy said he drove back onto the high­way, and the sus­pect then turned off the flash­ing lights and turned east on Par­nell, the boy told deputies.
He de­scribed the sus­pect’s ve­hi­cle as white with tinted win­dows. Deputies said the boy was un­able to pro­vide the make of the ve­hi­cle.
A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent was re­ported to the sher­iff’s of­fice at ap­prox­i­mately 8:30 p.m. on July 23 on Par­nell Road.
A woman told deputies then that she was stopped by an un­marked, white older model po­lice car with red and blue emer­gency lights in­side the car.
She said a man ap­proached her car with a gun drawn and or­dered her to exit the car.
The man then com­manded her to place her hands on the hood of her ve­hi­cle, and he pat­ted her down.
Ac­cord­ing to a sher­iff’s of­fice re­port, the sus­pect told the woman that she matched the de­scrip­tion of a His­panic woman that he was look­ing for.
The woman said she felt as if the man was sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her, telling deputies that the “pat down was more than what she be­lieves is stan­dard.”
The sus­pect was de­scribed as a white man, ap­prox­i­mately 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and clean shaven.
He was re­port­edly wear­ing a star-shaped badge on his hip, and he pulled a sim­i­lar badge from his pocket.
The Union County and the Oua­chita County Sher­iff’s Of­fices sub­se­quently is­sued a BOLO, “be on the look­out” alert, for the sus­pects’ ve­hi­cle.
Sher­iff Mike McGough said in­ves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied a per­son of in­ter­est in the case.
“We’ve been get­ting calls, and I’ve got­ten a cou­ple of emails, so peo­ple are look­ing. We hope to get this (case) re­solved,” McGough said.
When asked if in­ves­ti­ga­tors think the same sus­pect was in­volved in both in­ci­dents, McGough said, “We can as­sume so, but un­til we catch him, it’s hard to tell.”
McGough of­fered some ad­vice for cit­i­zens who are be­ing pulled over and feel un­cer­tain about the sit­u­a­tion.
“Pull over in an area where you feel safe. If you’re un­sure, crack your win­dows and don’t un­lock the doors. Call 911,” he said.
Ci­ti­zens who do not feel safe should keep driv­ing to the near­est po­lice de­part­ment.
“If the of­fi­cer is real and of­fi­cial, and you don’t stop, you’ll have a whole bunch of po­lice be­hind you,” the sher­iff said. “If not, he is not likely to fol­low you.”
Un­marked ve­hi­cles are used by the sher­iff’s of­fice by of­fi­cers from the Crim­i­nal In­ves­tiga­tive Divi­sion, and most are dark gray, with the ex­cep­tion of a cou­ple that are blue and black, McGough said.
Most of the un­marked ve­hi­cles also have a push bumper.
“Our cars have re­flec­tive li­cense plates and a badge num­ber that says Union County Sher­iff on the front,” McGough said.
“Our lights and sirens are all blue. A lot of de­part­ments have blue and red lights, but ours are all blue,” he noted.

Wesley is the owner of South Ark Weather, LLC which owns and operates searkweather.com You may contact him at [email protected]

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