Composite sketch released of police impersonator who robbed driver in Silver Spring


Composite sketch of a suspected police impersonator who, police say, posed as a police officer, pulled over a driver and stole her purse and cell phone in Silver Spring last week. (Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Police)

The sketch was released one week after the bizarre robbery in Silver Spring.

According to police, the victim, a 39-year-old woman, was driving down Avenel Road shortly before noon on May 2 when another driver honked his horn, told her he was a police officer and made her pull over.

The man asked for the woman’s license and registration, and told her to sit on the curb while he searched the vehicle. He took her purse and cell phone, got back into his car and drove away.

The woman was not injured, police said.

Police described the suspect as a black man, about 26 years old, about 5’10” tall, and weighing about 190 pounds. He had short, curly hair, and tattoos on both arms. He was wearing a black baseball hat with a police badge emblem, a black vest similar to a police vest with a silver badge attached, black cargo pants and black boots.

Police said the suspect was driving a small, black, compact car with blue Maryland tags and no police lights or sirens. He was last seen driving toward New Hampshire Avenue.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect can call police at 301-565-5835.

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