Police search for impersonator who attacked Castleton man

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 21, 2015) -- Police are looking for a man accused of impersonating an officer and attacking a victim in Castleton.

Around 11 p.m. Wednesday night, that victim told police he was biking home from work to his apartment in the Riverbend complex off of Allisonville Road. Just as he got through the front gate, he saw what he thought were police lights.

"(He) was in a black (Dodge) Charger very similar to what officers utilize as an official vehicle," IMPD Ofc. Chris Wilburn said.

Thinking it was an officer, the man stopped. When the guy got out of the car, though, it was clear he was no officer at all.

According to a police report, "the suspect asked (the victim) his name, then said, 'Give me $100 and you can go.'"

When the victim realized it wasn't an officer, he tried to get his phone out of his pocket to call 911. That's when he said the man hit him in the face, possibly with a stun gun, kicked him and drove off.

"This is the type of person that, if left unchecked, that sort of crime can perpetuate into bigger crimes," Wilburn said.

Impersonators pop up here and there across central Indiana. The very same night, officers in Jackson County arrested a teenager for pulling people over using a phone app with fake police lights.

It's why police hope you'll keep an eye out for someone matching the following description:

  • White male, 6'3" tall
  • Muscular build
  • Dark, full beard
  • Wearing all black, short sleeves, black boots and a black baseball cap with no markings
  • Driving newer model black Dodge Charger

If you see anyone matching that description, call police right away.

Wilburn said that an officer without a uniform on must pull you over in a marked vehicle and have identification. If you worry about an officer's legitimacy, you can ask for that ID or call 911 to talk with a dispatcher.

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