McLoud police looking for a man impersonating officers

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MCLOUD, Okla. - Authorities in McLoud are investigating after receiving a report of a man impersonating a police officer in the area.

Around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, McLoud officers were called to the area of I-40 and McLoud Rd. after receiving a 911 call about a man impersonating an officer.

The victim told police that while heading eastbound on I-40 near McLoud, a black 2005 to 2010 Ford Mustang with red and blue lights pulled behind.

After the alleged suspect turned on his lights, the victim pulled off the interstate and stopped on McLoud Rd.

When the suspect reached the victim's car, he demanded the victim's driver's license, registration and insurance. The victim handed over the driver's license, but didn't hand over anything else thinking something wasn't right.

As the suspect returned to his vehicle, the victim called 911 to make sure the traffic stop was legitimate. That's exactly what Pottawatomie County sheriff's deputy Lt. Marcus May said you should do in that situation.

"Typically when a traffic stop is made our dispatch is aware of it," Lt. May said.

That's when he learned there were no Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers in the area.

At that point, the alleged suspect ordered the victim out of the vehicle. However, the victim refused and requested a supervisor come to the scene.

According to the McLoud Police Department, the alleged suspect put his hand on his gun and ordered the victim to exit the car. The victim refused to get out and the alleged suspect went back to his car and left the scene.

"It's hard to predict why someone is doing that," Lt. May said. "Most of the time it's probably someone who probably likes a sense of power, likes preying on victims."

The alleged suspect is described as a 30 to 35-year-old Hispanic or Native American man, standing 6'0" tall with a slender or medium build. He was last seen wearing a gray polo shirt, a black tactical vest, blue jeans and a police duty belt with a badge, handgun, and handcuffs.

The black Mustang reportedly had dark-tinted windows, including the top half of the windshield. The lighting on the vehicle was described as red lights in the grill, red and blue lights in the visor, and blue and white lights near the rear view mirror.

The victim was able to give officers part of the car tag, "ZA652."

โ€œThe investigation is ongoing,โ€ said OHP Chief of Patrol Michael Harrell. โ€œWe are making every effort to work with local authorities in locating and identifying this person. We understand that drivers are in a state of heightened awareness following this incident, and the safety of Oklahoma motorists is our foremost concern.โ€

Harrell said OHP troopers will always be wearing a uniform that clearly identifies them and are in patrol units marked with the OHP logo.

If you have any information on the case, call Det. Smith at the McLoud Police Department.

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