PUBLIC ADVISORY: Authorities On Lookout For Man Impersonating A Police Officer
By Space Coast Daily // February 25, 2017
victim was driving on US Highway 1 approaching Michigan Ave. in Cocoa
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – A public advisory is being issued for a suspect who is impersonating a police officer, according to the Cocoa Police Department.
At around 11 p.m. Thursday night, Cocoa Police officers received information from a victim who stated he was driving southbound on US Highway 1 approaching Michigan Ave. in Cocoa when he observed a white vehicle with red and blue lights behind him, according to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.
Police say the victim then pulled over to the side of the road, believing he was being stopped by law enforcement. An unknown suspect approached the victim’s vehicle and flashed some sort of badge.
The suspect stated he was a police officer and advised the victim his vehicle insurance was not current and that he was going to impound the vehicle.
The unknown suspect then agreed to follow the victim to his bank to get some money so that he would not have to impound the vehicle.
The victim withdrew $100 and the unknown subject took the money and left the area.
The victim described the suspect as white male with dirty blonde hair, around 5-foot-8 and weighing approximately 160-pounds, wearing a white polo shirt with “BCS Brevard County” embroidered on it with a green plastic name tag that said “Hudgins”, a belt with possible mace canister or spray can and unknown color pants.
The suspected vehicle is a white 4-door Chevrolet Impala, unknown tag.
If ever in doubt about whether you are being stopped by a law enforcement officer call 9-1-1 to verify.
Any traffic stop is always called in to the dispatch center, according to Cocoa Police Department.
Anyone with information about this incident or a related incident are being asked to please contact CRIMELINE at 1-800- 423-TIPS (8477).
You can also visit Crimeline.org, or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME
(274637). All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a
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ABOVE MAP: At around 11 p.m. Thursday night, Cocoa Police officers received information from a victim who stated he was driving southbound on US Highway 1 approaching Michigan Ave. in Cocoa when he observed a white vehicle with red and blue lights behind him, according to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.