The Pleasanton Police Department and allied agencies are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect in a sexual assault that also involved the impersonation of a police officer.
The incident was just reported to police, several weeks after it occurred.
According to police, a woman was driving on Valley Avenue at Bernal Avenue at approximately 3 a.m. on Aug. 5 when she heard what sounded like the chirp of a police 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 and pulled over in a secluded area to the side of the road.
The male suspect approached the driver's side door and showed the victim a star shaped badge in his hand, then 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 to an unknown secluded 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. She did not sustain any life threatening injuries. It is not known why the incident wasn't reported earlier.
The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with dark brown or black hair. He is 5'10" to 6 feet tall, approximately 185 pounds and of a medium or muscular build. The suspect wore a dark colored button-down shirt with no police insignia and a dark, police-style hat with patent leather brim and no police insignia.
The victim describes the suspect's vehicle as a dark four-door sedan of unknown make and model.
Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect is urged to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.
The Pleasanton Police Department offers the following safety tips for drivers worried about fake traffic stops:
- 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.
- If you are being pulled over, slow down, put on your blinker and drive to a well lit and populated area before you stop.
- Call 911 if you are concerned about the legitimacy of the traffic stop. The 911 dispatcher can confirm whether the traffic stop is legitimate or will send officers to investigate.