Arlington County police are looking for a man who allegedly attempted to lure a woman into his vehicle by impersonating a police officer during a fake traffic stop in Ballston.

Police said the ruse did not work Saturday night because the 31-year-old woman asked to see someone in uniform. But authorities cautioned that the man, whose car was equipped with a rotating red dashboard light, did show a badge when he pulled over her vehicle.

The woman was driving in the 4000 block of North 11th Street around 11:35 p.m. when the man pulled behind her and activated the dashboard light, according to a police department press release. The release said he flashed a badge and told the woman to exit the vehicle and come with him to the police station.

At some point, police said she told him she wanted an officer in uniform to respond to the scene, and the man fled.

The man, whom police described as an African American, was wearing a faded black winter coat and blue jeans during the fake traffic stop, according to the release.

Police recommend that drivers contact the non-emergency line — (703) 558-2222 — if they are unsure whether a traffic stop is legitimate.

Authorities said investigators from the Arlington County Police Department’s homicide/robbery unit are looking into this incident. Anyone with information may contact Detective Richard Conigliaro at (703) 228-4193 or

To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).