SALISBURY, MD. (Oct. 1, 2014) A woman motorist pulled over on the Salisbury bypass today for what appeared to be an unmarked police car operated by a black male and when she put down her window the man began to attack her and robbed her in a brazen assault.
Maryland State Police say that the incident took place on October 1, 2014 at about 11:40 a.m.
The Maryland State Police responded to a report of an assault that occurred on the Salisbury Bypass. Troopers learned the victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for head, neck, and other bodily injuries.
At PRMC, troopers met with the victim and learned that the 61-year-old victim was on the Salisbury Bypass when she was pulled over by a dark colored unmarked vehicle with emergency lights in the dash that she thought was a police vehicle. A man walked up to the victim’s window and immediately began assaulting her. The victim stated she was robbed during the assault.
The victim described the suspect as an African American male, about 5’9″ tall, in his mid-40’s, wearing a darker colored blue shirt and matching pants. The suspect is believed to have been impersonating a police officer. Anyone with any information on the above listed event is asked to call the Maryland State Police Barrack at 410-749-3101 or the Wicomico County Bureau of Investigations at 410-548-4898.
Motorists are reminded that if they are unsure a vehicle with flashing emergency lights is actually a police vehicle, they should proceed within the speed limit to a public area, such as a convenience store parking lot, where there are other people and potentially surveillance cameras. If possible, call 911 and report your location and concerns. Communication can then be made with local police departments to verify if the unit attempting to stop you is an actual police officer.
Maryland State Police officials advise citizens that if stopped and approached by a person you do not believe is a police officer, lock your doors and do not lower your window further than a crack. Request that the individual show you a badge and a photo ID card. If you are still suspicious, you can also request the officer request an officer in uniform respond to your location.