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Community Reacts to Assault by Police Impersonator , Police Offer Safety Tips

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SALISBURY, Md. - Maryland State Police are investigating an assault by a person pretending to be a police officer.

Troopers say it happened around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday on the Salisbury Bypass. Police say the victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for head, neck and other bodily injuries.

" You'd never think such an incident like that would happen right here in Salisbury," said Renald Oranus, who lives just over the border in Fruitland. "That's very shocking and unbelievable. I'm very sorry for the family and we are going to keep her in our prayers."

At PRMC, Trooper say they met with the victim and learned she was on the Salisbury Bypass when she was pulled over by a dark colored un-marked vehicle with emergency lights in the dash that she thought was a police vehicle. Police say she told them a person walked up to her window and immediately began assaulting her.

"It makes you very leery of a cop behind you with lights,” said Delores Windsor of Salisbury. “You certainly don't want to pull over for them whether it's serious or not."

While speaking with the victim, police say she stated that she was robbed during the assault.

Sergeant Blaine Guard of the Fruitland Police Department gives tips on how to think smart in a similar situation.

 "The first thing you should do is make sure they have blue lights on their vehicle,” Sgt. Guard said.  “They can be a mix of red and blue, but we [law enforcement officers] are the only ones who have blue."

Sgt. Guard says you should drive, within the speed limit, to an area that that is well lit.

"If you do stop, and you're not sure it's an officer or not, make sure your doors are locked and asked for identification," Sgt. Guard said.

Police say the victim described the suspect as an African American male wearing a darker colored blue shirt and matching pants. Police say the suspect is believed to have been impersonating a police officer, and is described as being approximately five foot nine and in his mid-forties.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Maryland State Police Barrack at 410-749-3101 or the Wicomico County Bureau of Investigations at 410-548-4898.




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