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Police impersonator suspect hits Portage

7:42 PM, Mar 10, 2011   |    comments
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PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Portage detectives say a police impersonator who tried to force a woman to go to her home Thursday is similar to a suspect reportedly using the same method in approaching elderly people in Kent County.

Detectives say an elderly woman was approached while parking her car in a lot in the 7800 block of Currier Drive in Portage. A black woman in her 40s or 50s flashed a gold badge, and told the victim she was under investigation for involvement in a crime.

The suspect got into the passenger side of the victim's car. The woman told the victim they had to go to her home so the suspect could search for suspects or evidence of the alleged crime.

The victim refused to leave with the suspect, who then got out of the car and ran away.  A short time later, the suspect was seen driving away from the area in a white older-model Chevrolet Malibu driven by a black man.

The incident is similar to another reported impersonator who demanded to search a Grandville woman's home.  That same suspect approached four other elderly men and women in the Kent County area since March 7.  Detectives believe the suspect is moving from one police jurisdiction to another, approaching a victim in each community.

The suspect is described as a black woman in her 40s or 50s, about 5'3" to 5'5", with a thin build and long dark hair, wearing glasses, dressed in all black and carrying a large black leather coach-brand purse.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call their local police.

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