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Man arrested for impersonating a police officer


kenneth_leander_crockett-5235199-7393833On Saturday May 17, 2014 at approximately 10:35 p.m., an officer responded to a report of a suspect impersonating an officer contacting a female in the area of South Meadows Parkway and Interstate-580.

The 18-year-old female victim relayed that she was contacted while depositing money at a bank by someone who presented themselves as an “off duty police officer.” The suspect then directed her back to his vehicle where she observed flashing amber lights. The suspect then began to search her, while pressing himself against the victim from behind. He then reportedly reached into the inside of the victim’s waistband and attempted to reach further down the front of her pants.

The victim pushed the suspect away and requested a marked police car, which stopped any further contact. The suspect allowed the victim to return to her vehicle and drive away from the scene, where she immediately contacted police.

The vehicle, which the victim described as a black Nissan SUV, was found and the owner was contacted. The owner was determined to be the same suspect involved and was arrested for one count of battery with intent to commit sexual assault, kidnapping and impersonating an officer.

The suspect was identified as Kenneth Leander Crockett II.

Although it’s rare for someone to impersonate an officer, or attempt to pull you over in a vehicle that is not clearly marked, here are some suggestions to ensure your safety:

Ask Yourself if You Were Breaking the Law
How fast were you going? Did you run a stop light or break any other laws? Are you reasonably sure your tail lights are working? If you were speeding or you know a tail light is out, there is good reason to assume that it is a police officer behind you. However, if you are confident you were not breaking the law, a little caution is due.

Slow Down, Signal and Look for a Well-Lit Area
Slow down and signal your intent to pull over, or put on your emergency flashers but continue on to a well-lit area with several people: a 24-hour business will offer you some protection, but the best place to go is a police station.

Use Your Cell Phone to Call 911 or Your Local Non-emergency Number
If you really feel uncomfortable and there is no well-lit area nearby, slow down and signal your intention to pull over but use your cell phone to dial 911 if you don’t know the local number for the police. If you think you are in danger of being assaulted in a remote area at night that is an emergency. Explain where you are – that you are being pulled over; that it is a dark, remote area; and that you are concerned about your safety. Stay on the line until they confirm with the local police or state troopers that a legitimate officer is pulling you over.

Pull Over for the Police
If you are confident it is the police and they are in a marked or un-marked police vehicle with working red or blue lights, pull onto the right shoulder. Have your license and registration handy, as well as proof of insurance. Don’t make any sudden moves. Be polite.

Make sure the person is in a police uniform or clothing with tools of the trade that readily identify them as a police officer.

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