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Police Looking for Man Pretending to be Officer in Forest Hill

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RICHMOND - Richmond police are looking for a man pretending to be a police officer in Forest Hill.

A woman claims he pulled her over Friday morning along Reedy Avenue.  However, the man didn't show badge or ask for ID. He just stopped her and then walked away.

Residents who live along Reedy Avenue are concerned to find out a man pretended to be a police officer.

The man is described to be white male in his late 30s and was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a short plaid shirt, and jeans before driving away in an older brownish-gray vehicle.

Although, the man didn't take extreme measure in this incident, the fact someone pretended to be an officer isn't sitting well with people who live in this Forest Hill neighborhood.

"It's a big problem," says Forest Hill resident James McDonald. "That's 911. It's your first call to get help on any sort of crime-related issue. Any kind of legal issue. You expect you rely on the police being the police."

"It could have just been an irate neighborhood, going out doing a citizen's arrest," says resident Leilia Pendleton.

A spokesperson for the Richmond Police Department says officers are keeping an eye out in this area to hopefully find out who this person is.

In meantime, residents say they will be extra careful.

"It makes me very afraid," says resident Judith Shackelford. "If it was me, I would stop for them. I would keep going until I got to a safe place...like a store or something like that."

If you are being pulled over by someone who is not in a marked vehicle claiming to be a police officer, you can put your hazard lights on, drive to a public area, call 911 to confirm the officer is legitimate before you roll down your window and give them any information.

 

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