Fake police officer targets 21-year-old woman in Waller area

A man impersonating a police officer tried to order a woman out of her car Sunday night in the Waller area, but she was immediately suspicious, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Wednesday.

The 21-year-old woman was driving at 72nd Street East and Waller Road East about 11:30 p.m. after leaving work when she saw blue and red lights flash behind her.

According to Troyer:

The woman pulled over, assuming the car behind her was a police officer. The driver approached the car and told her to get out.

His “uniform” consisted of a blue top and pants, and a duty belt with a handgun. He had no badge, name tag or patches, and she didn’t hear a radio.

She asked why she was pulled over. He didn’t answer and again told her to leave the car.

She got suspicious because he didn’t ask for her driver’s license, registration or insurance documents, but told her to leave the car a third time and to “stop resisting.”

So she told the man to call another officer to the scene. He refused, getting angry and telling her to get out of the car two more times.

She refused.

The man left for his car and drove away. The car said “police” on the door — even though the area is the Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction — and the lights were mounted on the dashboard, not on a light bar on the roof of the car.

No area law enforcement agencies have any record of making a traffic stop in the area during that time frame, and there is no record of anyone stopping the woman’s car.

Anyone who thinks they have been pulled over by someone who is not a police officer should call 911 and dispatchers will confirm whether the person is an officer, Troyer said.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker