Wilmington police search for man who impersonated an officer, detained woman

WILMINGTON – Wilmington police are searching for a man who, while impersonating an officer, detained a female Sunday.

The department received the report of the male subject around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. According to a victim’s statements, the man stopped and detained a female victim earlier in the day while pretending to be a police officer.

The woman reported that she was walking on Montgomery Avenue when the man pulled over next to her in a black Dodge Charger SRT with tinted windows. Wearing a ballistic vest with “POLICE” on the front, he told her he was investigating a robbery at 31st and Market streets.

“When the victim refused to provide her personal information and asked for his badge number, the suspect exited the car, handcuffed her, gathered her personal information, un-cuffed her and left the area,” according to a news release. “The victim was not injured during the incident.”

Anyone who sees the suspect should call 911. He is described as a Black male, 5’7, between 200 and 216 pounds, and has a brush cut hair style. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans with the police vest.

Additional information may be reported to the Wilmington Police Department by calling 910-343-3609 or through the Wilmington, NC PD app.

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