Man posing as police officer assaults woman in Danvers
DANVERS, Mass. – Danvers police are warning residents to be on alert after a woman was assaulted by a man posing as a police officer.
The victim was driving on State Road near Route 128 in Danvers when she was pulled over by black Dodge Charger with blue flashing lights early Tuesday morning. Police say the man identified himself as a police officer and was wearing a uniform.
“I would say anybody that would do something like this could be very dangerous,” said Chief Neil Ouellette, Danvers Police Department.
According to police the victim was told to exit her car, put her hands on the hood and then was assaulted.
“He told her to put her hands on the hood and proceeded to frisk her and touched her inappropriately. Eventually he got back in the car and left the area,” said Chief Neil Ouellette.
After the incident the victim drove straight to the police station to report what happen.
Danvers Police say if you do get pulled over by an unmarked cruiser and don't feel comfortable drive to a safe well lit area.
“Get on your cell phone and call 911. Go to a well lit populated area where there are people around. “ the police chief said.
Investigators are now turning to the public for help. If you have any information you are asked to call the Danvers Police at 978-774-1213.
“This is a big problem because these types of things generally escalate. We want to make sure that we locate this individual and take appropriate action before something more serious occurs,” the police chief said.
Danvers police are trying to put together a composite sketch of a description of who the man is. They believe this was an isolated incident are working with other departments across the North Shore.