Officials Probe Alleged Police Impersonator Case In Wilkinsburg
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The search for a man accused of impersonating a police officer continues today after investigators say a woman was pulled over Thursday night in Wilkinsburg.
The woman reported the alleged incident to the Wilkinsburg Police Department late Thursday night.
According to Wilkinsburg police, the woman was stopped by an unmarked vehicle with red and blue lights and an audible siren around 10:30 p.m. in the 1100-block of Ross Avenue.
The woman reported to investigators that the driver approached the driver’s side window, and when she asked if she did something wrong, “the suspect told her to get out the car using profanity.”
Police say when the woman tried to put up her window and pull away, the suspect “forcibly removed her from the vehicle” and “reportedly pushed her against her car and attempted to sexually assault her,” said Lt. Michele Krempasky, of the Wilkinsburg Police Department.
“She then started to roll up her window, but he grabbed her and pulled her out of the car. He then pushed this lady against the car and then attempted to touch her inappropriately.”
The woman was able to get away when a passing vehicle distracted the suspect, authorities said.
“She punched him in the face and fought with him a little bit, jumped back in her car and took off,” Lt. Krempasky added.
The man is described as a dark-skinned black male in his mid-40s, standing at six-feet-one-inches tall, about 350 pounds and was clean-shaven. He had a dark patch of skin under one eye and may have a tattoo of a cross on his right forearm.
He was wearing a black or navy uniform with patches and a round silver badge.
Police say he was driving a black SUV, possibly a GMC Yukon, with primer on the rear door and passenger and driver wheels that do not match. A partial license plate of H-M-V was also reported.
Anyone with information on the case is being asked to call Wilkinsburg Police.