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Gainesville PD looking for suspected fake police officer

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) – Gainesville Police are looking for help from the public in finding an alleged police impersonator.

On May 23, shortly after 11:30 pm, a woman was approached by a white man in an apartment complex off McEver Road. The suspect presented a gold badge to the woman and claimed to be a federal agent. Investigators said the suspect then asked to pat down the woman.

"Once he was frisking her he began to touch her inappropriately," said Cpl. Kevin Holbrook.

The victim was able to get away.

Police said the suspect is described as a white man, 6 feet tall or taller, with a skinny build, brown hair and brown eyes. At the time of the incident, investigators said the suspect was wearing a plain grey t-shirt, black athletic shorts, a black or blue ball cap and grey and black Nike shoes. A newer model black passenger car was seen fleeing the area shortly after the incident, which may or may not be directly related to the case.

Several residents in the Retreat at McEver apartments, where the incident happened, were shown the sketch but unable to recognize the man.

"It's kind of sick," said resident Kitt Smith, who lives in an apartment with his wife. "It's a little unnerving to be around in that kind of environment where there's a legitimate predator."

Mikyria Maeweathers said she heard about the assault on Facebook, but didn't know it happened in her apartment complex.

"That's crazy," she said. It's weird because I've never encountered anything like that out here and I've lived here since sixth grade." Maeweathers is a recent graduate of Gainesville High School.

The warning from Gainesville police came two days after Alpharetta police warned about a police impostor. "We are currently working with them reviewing any and all evidence to see if these cases are linked in any way possible," Gainesville Cpl. Holbrook said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the case is asked to contact Gainesville Police at 770-534-5254.



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