Alleged Police Impersonator Arrested
WILKINSBURG (KDKA) — Wilkinsburg police believe they’ve captured the man who posed as a police officer and tried to sexually assault a woman.
According to court papers, Derrin Farmer, of North Versailles, was arrested after a woman in the Walmart parking lot in North Versailles recognized him from a composite sketch that had been shown on television.
The woman flagged down an officer and later on, the alleged victim in the case identified Farmer as the man who pulled her over, according court papers.
Farmer, however, says he’s innocent, that he’s the wrong guy and that the real culprit is still out there and could do it again.
He maintains he did not dress up as a police officer and did not touch the alleged victim.
The woman says she was pulled over on Ross Avenue in Wilkinsburg last week by an SUV with flashing lights on the dashboard.
She claims a man dressed in a police uniform, complete with a gun, asked her to get out of her car, but when he used profanity she got suspicious. That’s when she says he pulled her out of the car and pressed her up against it, trying to sexually assault her.
She says a passing car distracted the man and that’s when she kicked and punched him to get away.
Wilkinsburg police are asking anyone else with a similar story to please give them a call.
Police searched Farmer’s home, but won’t say what – if anything – they found.
According to court papers, Farmer allegedly claimed to be a retired Duquesne police officer, but police could not find any record of him ever being a police officer in Pennsylvania.