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Suspects Posing as Cops Harass Motorists


Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Issue 52, Volume 17.


TEMECULA - Riverside County sheriff's officials today cautioned Temecula residents to be alert to individuals posing as law enforcement officers who may try to exploit them.

According to the sheriff's department, deputies received at least two reports on Monday night of a pair of suspects accosting people parked in their cars and forcing them to lay on the ground, apparently for kicks.

The first encounter occurred around 6:45 p.m. near the intersection of Lakehouse Road and Harveston Drive, and the second happened two hours later in the 31000 block of Sonoma Lane, said sheriff's Sgt. Leonard Purvis.

"During each incident, unknown persons contacted the victims under cover of darkness by parking their vehicle behind the victims' vehicle and using a loudspeaker to order the victims out of their vehicle," Purvis said.

Purvis said the suspects shined bright flashlights into victims' eyes, preventing the Advertisement
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targets' from seeing who it was confronting them. The suspects barked orders, telling the motorists to get out of their cars and lay on the ground, giving the impression they were being detained and searched, according to Purvis.

After gaining the victims' compliance, the miscreants jumped back into their car and fled, Purvis said.

Sheriff's officials recommended that residents keep the following in mind if they encounter a similar situation:

-- law enforcement officers wear uniforms and insignia that clearly identify who they are;

-- remain in your vehicle if a law enforcement officer approaches and wait to see who they are before responding to commands; and

-- if loitering in a vehicle for an extended period of time, do so in a well-lit area.

Suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the sheriff's Temecula Station at (951) 696-3000, or by calling 911.


 

1 comments

Comment Profile ImageJ. Parker
Comment #1 | Friday, Dec 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm
That's forcing them to _lie_ on the ground.

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