FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.
Operation Commander/Public Information Officer
JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR A MAN POSING AS A MEMBER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT: Jefferson County, Arkansas - February 26, 2015 - At approximately 5:45 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office authorities met with a complainant, who stated that he had been pulled over by a man posing as a law enforcement officer.
According to the complainant, the incident happened at approximately 4:09 p.m., while he was traveling south along US-63 between Altheimer, AR and Wabbeseka, AR. The complainant stated that he observed a white colored Ford Crown Victoria equipped with an overhead blue light bar parked on the southbound shoulder of US-63. The complainant further described the vehicle as having a “sheriff” decal along the driver side and the number 469 on the roof of the vehicle.
Upon passing the vehicle, the complainant stated that he was followed to the intersection of US-63/US-79, just southeast of the City limits of Altheimer, AR. Immediately upon clearing the intersection the complainant stated that the impersonator activated the overhead blue lights on the vehicle he was driving in an apparent attempt to signal him to pull over.
After pulling over onto the shoulder of US-63 the complainant stated that the impersonator exited his vehicle and began to make his approach toward his vehicle. The complainant described the impersonator as an African American male in his early to mid 30’s with a low haircut and goatee. He was wearing dress khaki pants with a single dark colored strip down each pants leg and a dark colored t-shirt bearing a sheriff or police insignia with the name “T. Williams” imprinted on the front of the shirt. The impersonator was also wearing a patent leather police duty belt to include a holster with gun along with handcuffs.
The complainant stated that the impersonator requested his driver’s license, which he surrendered to him. The impersonator then proceeded back to his vehicle, where he remained for approximately two to three minutes before returning back to the complainant’s vehicle. The impersonator advised the complainant that if he paid him $100 that he would not search his vehicle. The complainant refused to pay and stepped out of his vehicle with his phone in hand in order to allow the impersonator to search his vehicle.
The impersonator began his search of the complainant’s vehicle. Meanwhile, the complainant phoned his mother to advise her of the encounter. The impersonator overheard the phone call and immediately stopped the search and exited the complainant’s vehicle. The impersonator asked the complainant who he was contacting and the complainant replied, “somebody to let them know what is going on.” With force, the impersonator then snatched the phone from the complainant and returned to his vehicle. The complainant stated that he then walked back to the impersonator's vehicle and began to knock on this window in an attempt to demand his phone back. The impersonator rolled the window down and again asked the complainant who he was contacting. After advising the driver a second time that he was contacting someone to let them know what was going on, the driver surrendered the complainant’s phone back to him and fled the location of the stop. The impersonator was last seen traveling north on US-63 toward Wabbeseka, AR.
Anyone with any information about an encounter with this impersonator is asked to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 541-5300.