Officials: fake police officer targets women

Published: Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Officials in northwest Florida are looking for a man they say impersonated a police officer to sexually assault a woman.

According to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, the victim told detectives a man offered her a ride home early Friday morning after a night of partying. The man then asked her to exchange sex for money. When she declined, she said the man began talking on a radio and told her he was a police officer. She told deputies the man threatened to take her to jail if she did not comply.

The woman said she was taken to a wooded area where she was sexually battered.

In 2009, there were several reports of someone pretending to be a police officer who targeted women in the area. The person was never identified or arrested.

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