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Allen County Sheriff's Department begins investigating police impersonator

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 4:34 pm

The Allen County Sheriff's Department is now investigating a widely disseminated story of a “police impersonator.”

The department Friday announced that it was acting on a report provided earlier in the day by a woman who said she was pulled over last month by someone impersonating a police officer. At 9 p.m. March 23, the woman said she was stopped by a white car with red and blue lights on Interstate 69 at Dupont Road. A male driver got out of the vehicle and was carrying a clipboard and wearing an unidentifiable uniform. He then approached the vehicle and told the woman her license plate was expired. The suspect then tried to coax her out of the vehicle to show her the plate. At that point, the woman said she pulled away from the scene. The suspect never attempted to stop her again after she pulled away, according to the sheriff's department.

The suspect is described as a young male Hispanic about 6 feet tall. His car is described as being white with red and blue lights. No other description was given for the vehicle. This incident remains under investigation.

The sheriff's department noted that the suspect description its deputies are working with does not match the description given out by Parkview Hospital earlier in the week that was widely distributed on Facebook. The Fort Wayne Police Department told The News-Sentinel earlier this week that is was not investigating any such case. Lt. Tony Casto, Fort Wayne District commander for the Indiana State Police, said it had distributed a possible suspect photo and vehicle description to its troopers after receiving an email on the alleged incidents that originated from the sheriff's department March 29. A spokesman for the sheriff's department did not return a call for comment earlier this week.