Early on Sunday, a “very brave” woman was pulled over by someone who was impersonating a peace officer.
Police officers said that this imposter was well versed in what to do. “He approached the vehicle in the same way we would approach a vehicle.”
“He identified himself as a peace officer and asked to her exit the vehicle.” After talking to the woman, who trusted the man because she assumed he actually was a peace officer, she left her car and went with him.
This stranger then sexually assaulted her for over an hour while she was forcibly confined. He threatened her, saying that he would not charge her if he performed sexual acts on him.
He took her 15km away to Borden park, where she was sexually assaulted, and then drove her to her house.
The woman secretly took video footage of her attacker by using her cell phone. This brave act on her part gave police a lot of evidence to work with regarding her attack.
“When she was being driven home afterwards, she was able to pull her phone out and take some discreet photos,” Fairhurst said. “It was approximately an hour duration of time from the vehicle stop to when the female was dropped off at home.” The attacker was thought to have been driving a white Nissan Rogue between the model years 2007 to 2013. He is described as Caucasian, 25 to 30 years old, with a thin build and short brown hair. He was wearing what appeared to be a navy blue peace officer’s uniform. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the man.
Fairhurst said police don’t think the attacker was targeting anyone but was simply looking for a woman alone in a vehicle. “I think she’s very brave,” he said of the victim. “And I think part of her reasoning coming forward is she didn’t want any other females becoming victims on the road.” Drivers who are pulled over and are unsure about whether they’ve been stopped by a legitimate police officer should lock their doors and call 911, he said. Operators on the line can quickly confirm whether police are involved.