Man Impersonates Officer to Sexually Assault Woman

Police are seeking your help to identify a man who posed as a police officer to stop a female driver. He ordered her out of the car and handcuffed her, drove her to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her. Do you know this man?

From Pleasanton Police

The and allied agencies are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a sexual assault and impersonation of a police officer. This incident was reported to police several weeks after it occurred.

On August 5, 2012 at approximately 3:00 a.m. a female was driving on Valley Avenue at Bernal Avenue when she heard what sounded like the chirp of a siren. After seeing a flash of light coming from the vehicle behind her, the driver believed she was being stopped by a law enforcement officer. She pulled over in a secluded area to the side of the road on Valley Ave south of Bernal Ave.

The male approached the driver’s side door and showed the victim a star shaped badge in his hand. He ordered the victim out of her vehicle and handcuffed her. She was then placed in the back seat of the suspect’s vehicle and driven a short distance away, to an unknown secluded dirt or gravel road, where she was sexually assaulted by the suspect in his vehicle. The suspect left the victim at the scene of the crime and drove away in his vehicle. The victim walked back to her vehicle and drove home.

The victim did not sustain any life threatening injuries.

The victim describes the suspect vehicle as a dark four door sedan unknown make/model.

The Pleasanton Police Department would like to offer the following safety tips:

1) Law enforcement officers are required to have a solid, steady, front-facing, red light when they are conducting a traffic stop. You are not required by law to stop if you do not see a solid red light.

2) If you are being pulled over, slow down, put on your blinker and drive to a well lit, and well-traveled area before you stop.

3) Call 911 if you are concerned about the legitimacy of the traffic stop. The 911
dispatcher can confirm the traffic stop is legitimate or will send police to

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect is urged to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.

beth August 31, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I love the way you ASSUME I blatantly didn't read your post. You're a great writer I see. Let me try to explain in simpler terms for you since you can't read between the lines. If Jane citizen is driving at night and hasn't done anything illegal, she doesn't expect to be pulled over by a real cop. This suspect is using this tactic to pull over women. If the cops stop pulling people over unless they've done something illegal, then it's so much easier to DIFFERENTIATE the bad guy from the good guy!! Now doesn't that seem like a good idea? At least it helps. And now if someone is reading this thread, they will think twice and maybe react to this situation differently if it happens to them. Isn't that spreading the word? I think what I wrote probably helped open the eyes of at least a few people. I was naive too until I heard the same type of thing happening to a lot of my friends. And BTW are over the age of 35, with kids, and college educated. I have shared this info with people. I sure don't need you telling me what to do! And your expert critique of what I wrote is lame. A 5th grader could have done a better job! You folks can believe what you want about my "stories"...They are all true and took place.
chansonGuy September 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Beth, at no point was I attempting to imply any of your stories were untrue. Without wanting to sound rude, you still managed to only make a complaint about officers pulling people over. You have inferred quite a lot based upon very little information for you create a correlation to a PPD traffic stop issue. The ONLY REASON women may need to be more cautious currently about fake officers, is because there is someone actively committing this crime. The problem is not with the PPD. I feel like I should say "period". --- However, everyone should always be cautious, but sadly right now everyone should be more cautious than normal. I'm curious how you personally verify whether it is a real officer or not? Due to how severe of an issue you believe it is. Well, if you are looking for some possible ways to prevent mistaking an impersonator for a real cop, many of us here have supplied constructive ideas above. Otherwise, please stop trying to advise people they may need to worry about real officers ‘wasting peoples time’, as if that is dangerous.
Betty M September 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
kooni jondoo - a harsher penalty? Harsher than rape?
The Real Anon September 12, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Please be aware that you do not have to stop for an alleged "peace officer" unless there are several elements: a) the steady front red light b) siren (not a chirp, an actual siren) c) wearing a distinctive uniform (a badge is not a uniform) d) in a distinctively marked car (a red light is not a marking)
David September 13, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Wayne, not sure what your response to me was intended to convey. Sounds like good examples of police doing their job and trying to catch DUI drivers. As stated in my original post, that's what I support. Sounds like in the second example, the officer was really nice for not writing the fix it ticket. There seems to be an implication in your post (and Beth's nonsensical ravings) that because the officer was nice and didn't write a ticket, it somehow means something. All it means is he gave the driver a break. Not sure what there is to complain about. Weaving is one of the strongest indicators of a DUI driver an officer has to go by to try to catch DUI criminals. I agree with the relevance issue mentioned by chad. I also feel it's relevant to remind people that the actions of one crook can make things that much harder on police who already have a hard enough job to do. My posts are intended to remind people that this crook's actions have nothing to do with real police officers. Finally, to clarify the confusion some people have. You MUST stop by law if an emergency vehicle has a red solid light to the front and emits a siren (even for a short period). That is all that is necessary by law.


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