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Man Impersonates Officer to Sexually Assault Woman

Police are seeking your help to identify a man who posed as a police officer to stop a female driver. He ordered her out of the car and handcuffed her, drove her to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her. Do you know this man?

From Pleasanton Police

The and allied agencies are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a sexual assault and impersonation of a police officer. This incident was reported to police several weeks after it occurred.

On August 5, 2012 at approximately 3:00 a.m. a female was driving on Valley Avenue at Bernal Avenue when she heard what sounded like the chirp of a siren. After seeing a flash of light coming from the vehicle behind her, the driver believed she was being stopped by a law enforcement officer. She pulled over in a secluded area to the side of the road on Valley Ave south of Bernal Ave.

The male approached the driver’s side door and showed the victim a star shaped badge in his hand. He ordered the victim out of her vehicle and handcuffed her. She was then placed in the back seat of the suspect’s vehicle and driven a short distance away, to an unknown secluded dirt or gravel road, where she was sexually assaulted by the suspect in his vehicle. The suspect left the victim at the scene of the crime and drove away in his vehicle. The victim walked back to her vehicle and drove home.

The victim did not sustain any life threatening injuries.

The victim describes the suspect vehicle as a dark four door sedan unknown make/model.

The Pleasanton Police Department would like to offer the following safety tips:

1) Law enforcement officers are required to have a solid, steady, front-facing, red light when they are conducting a traffic stop. You are not required by law to stop if you do not see a solid red light.

2) If you are being pulled over, slow down, put on your blinker and drive to a well lit, and well-traveled area before you stop.

3) Call 911 if you are concerned about the legitimacy of the traffic stop. The 911
dispatcher can confirm the traffic stop is legitimate or will send police to
investigate.

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect is urged to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.


Dan Perez August 29, 2012 at 04:35 AM
So scary. I say if you know you weren't speeding and have up to date license plates, keep driving, especially if it is 3:00 in the morning.
Megan August 29, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Still legal-as you are being followed call 911 and ask to be transferred to the local PD and they can verify right away if it's them following you. stop in a lighted area such at a 24 hour 7-11 etc or the police station. Unless the car has a red light on your vehicle do not stop. Just heard there is now another victim--this bastard needs to be stopped
Maxton Dramite August 29, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Pleasanton is full of cameras are they checking them
beth August 29, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Unfortunately, in today's world people are being randomly pulled over by cops with made up excuses. Most of the time they are just checking to see if you've been drinking. Especially in the wee hours of the morning!! I know several friends who have had this happen to them at all times of the evening! An officer even told one of my friends that when she was pulled over driving her children around!! She told me that she flat out asked him why she was pulled over and he apologized after he saw there was no drinking involved!
beth August 29, 2012 at 07:01 PM
See my comment below..I should have put it under your comment. People are just being randomly pulled over especially in the early hours of the morning. They are just looking for DUI drivers!
Robert Bosch August 29, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I wouldn't, you could risk evading police and receive a harsher penalty.
Robert Bosch August 29, 2012 at 08:20 PM
This is what happens when you live in a town where cops have nothing better to do then randomly pull you over.
Pleasanton Mom August 29, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Some have posted questions about why this victim waited to report this horrible crime. I don't know her nor do I speak for her, but I personally think that knowing there are people out there like our resident prophet Renae Wilber, "the chosen one", that believe that "WOMEN CRY RAPE ALL THE TIME" to manipulate the outcome of other court proceedings and for various other motives, I might hesitate too because I would fear that I might not be believed. I wonder what "the chosen one" thinks about this case and if she's decided it was a ligitimate (sp?) rape or if she's like so many other women "the chosen one" speaks of that CRY RAPE when they were not. "The chosen one" either recently worked for the county or still does so you have to wonder if this is something those she works with believe too. This would of course government workers tasked with investigating and prosecuting the crime. I wish the victim all the best and hope she gets the support she needs and that no one will accuse her of what "the chosen one" claims so many women in this situation do.
VP Cheney August 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM
They do not have a hard drive for the cameras. I've been down that road before and they state that the cameras are not there to record just monitor traffic.
David August 30, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Penalties for impersonating officers need to be enhanced. First of all, it needs to be a felony in all cases and prosecuted harshly. It does such damage to the community and law enforcement when this happens. In answer to the question about not stopping until you feel it's safe. It's actually not legal to do so. But, most officers understand that when a solo female driver is behind the wheel, they are concerned about their safety. Officers generally try to make stops in well lit areas for their own safety as well. But the bottom line is once a police officer is attempting to stop you, you are required to yield. If everyone uses good judgement, this shouldn't be a huge issue. The comment about police stopping people with 'made up excuses' is baffling. Is this according to the people who were stopped? Where's the evidence of this atrocity? I don't buy it. If you violate the vehicle code, you are subject to being stopped. And, of course polce are looking for DUI drivers at 3am! DUI drivers are a huge hazard to the community and police are paid by us as citizens to protect society from the dangers of DUI drivers. And, I am glad to live in a community where police allegedly "have nothing better tyo do" than look for, stop, and arrest DUI drivers. That's exactly what I expect of them.
beth August 30, 2012 at 01:35 AM
@David. I know friends who were driving in Pleasanton, Danville, and Walnut Creek that this has all happened to. I have a friend in Pleasanton for example that has been stopped three times and was told he was "weaving." Each time he was let go because he was NOT drinking and it was a very subjective stop. Another friend in Walnut Creek was pulled over and my male friend asked what he was stopped for. The officer said he just saw him leave a bar. Completely false! He had been running an errand and of course he knew the officer was lying because he had not been in a bar!!. Again..he was let go. The previous female driver was in Danville and the cop said she was also "weaving" which she said she wasn't. These are very light "reasons" to be stopped. A cop can say anything they want and then if someone is really drinking of course everyone will believe they were indeed "weaving" if they are tested and found to be above the limit. Seriously...How many people are really driving a straight line all the time?? Especially with so many careless people using their phones while driving! One can and will still be pulled over even if driving the speed limit and with current tags and lights functioning!
beth August 30, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Oh, and as for the evidence Dave...There isn't any because in all cases no citations were issued!! Duh! You sound like an attorney. In the case of the Danville cop, he told my friend they are looking for people who are usually drinking at that time of night. So there ya go!
Wayne August 30, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Dave, you must not drive after dark. My daughter was pulled over by the for weaving, did the whole sobriety thing and was let go because she hadn't been drinking. One of my sons girlfriends was pulled over because one of her license plate lights was out. When the cop found no alcohol, he let them go without a fixit ticket.
Barbara Pittl August 30, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Kooni, you are sadly mistaken if you think the police have nothing better to do then randomly pull people over. They are there at a moments notice if you have a medical emergency and I hope you never need them with an attitude like that! Our town is safe because they are out there doing there job! Barb
Playa Calor August 30, 2012 at 03:44 PM
What makes you think she waited to report the incident? It doesn't say that anywhere in the article. Yes, the incident occurred in early August, but it could be that the police waited until now to issue the warning. Don't blame the victim for that, nor the police as they were probably trying to ensure they had all the details before publicizing.
Pleasanton Mom August 30, 2012 at 03:53 PM
@playa: The second sentence of the above article says it was reported several weeks after the incident occurred. I think that's why there are questions about why she waited. I've never been in her shoes nor do I know her or speak for her, but I can only imagine the range of emotions you go through after experiencing something like this. I've also heard that the exam and questioning rape victims are put through is almost like victimizing them all over again. I'm just so sorry this woman had to go through any of this and I really appreciate that she made the decision to come forward at all. Her story caused me to discuss with my own young adult daughter about what to do if she's ever pulled over when it's dark outside. I don't know that this conversation would have occurred if not for the courage of this woman.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 05:11 PM
@chansonGuy, I had to remove your comment. Please resubmit without the profanity according to our terms of use. Thanks.
chansonGuy August 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Anyone in here complaining about the REAL police and how they pull people over, have COMPLETELY LOST TRACK OF THE ENTIRE POINT OF THIS ARTICLE. A woman was sexually assaulted, I don't cared if your kids, or your kids friends are being pulled over by the real police; so they can do their job and protect our roads from DUI'S/(& other lame traffic violations :p). Stop complaining about real cops. THE FOCUS HERE IS THE FAKE COP SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY. It IS 110% legal, to ACKNOWLEDGE the officers presence, wave them to follow you and head to a safe place to stop. If you do not acknowledge them, they will assume YOU DO NOT SEE THEM. Acknowledge them, wave them to follow, and proceed to a safe location to pull over your car. Please stop complaining about real police officers, your kids, and their tactics, it's completely irrelevant to this article. DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN? - That's relevant. SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS MAN TO YOUR KIDS & FRIENDS & FAMILY - Don't spread the word about yours and your kids traffic stop experiences please, this isn't the place. -Re submitted without my potty mouth =)
beth August 30, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I think the real point is to raise public awareness that a woman was pulled over by what she thought was a cop and then sexually assaulted.This person is on the loose and it could happen again. I also believe it's relevant to let people know that just because one is obeying the laws and hasn't done anything illegal, they could still be pulled over. This is all in the same vein as the topic. Of course unlawful stops create fear and suspicion on the part of the police! Given the light of this situation, I think it's even worse for the police to make up reasons to stop people who are not committing any crime!! Who wants to be stopped at any hour of the day when they've done nothing wrong? That should be unlawful. I guess you just want to give the police more power. I'd like to retain my rights! I will share what happened to me a few months ago. I was sitting in my car charging my dead cell phone and had the heater running. For NO reason, a cop pulled up behind my car and shined his lights into my car. He tapped on the window and asked if I was okay. I explained I was fine and was just trying to make a call and charging my phone before driving off. Of course his second question was have I been drinking. That was OBVIOUSLY his real motive to stop & question me when I wasn't doing anything illegal!! I might add that I pursued a career in law enforcement years ago. I have nothing against cops who don't abuse their power & conduct legal traffic stops sans fear.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Let us all look at the picture and share it with others.
Sally R. August 31, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I wonder if this is the same guy to robbed and assaulted the woman at Kottinger Park. Both incidents happened after 2 am, he/they are targeting women in the early hours when they are either impaired or fatigued. What a coward. Someone needs to catch this Bastard.
Cheryl August 31, 2012 at 05:15 PM
It is amazing, and sad how many of these people are just stupid. I totally agree with everything you are saying. We also need to spread the word and EDUCATE our daughters, mothers, friends about how to handle certain situations that could save there lives.
Cheryl August 31, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Let us all open our eyes, and wake up. My dad was a city police officer for Stockton, CA. You don't know half the stuff that they see happen!!!! EDUCATE your loved ones!!!
Amidia August 31, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I hope the woman is recovering from this. It sounds like she waited to report it? Was she worried about a DUI? Does anyone have more information than the above? So it wasnt' the PPD that held the information on this incident and this was the best desciption given to the police? I wish the public was aware immediately to help catch this guy. Why arent there cameras recording or any private cameras? I own a business and would hope I could playback videos of cars driving by during those hours. Can citizens of Pleasanton get together to make some of this happen. We do tech and volunteered to help. I help catch our serial robber off Hopyard. I really want to punish this guy to deter others anywhere near my family!
chansonGuy August 31, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Beth, there is no relevance to your story/stories here. Regardless of what ever makes you feel that your annoyances and *all* your stories about legitimate officers are for some odd reason important for us to know. I'll admit however, you did *attempt* to stay on track after my post... Although, I'm fairly sure you might have skipped a few lines before replying. Otherwise I believe you would've been able to comprehend my clearly stated predisposition to your story. You should 'share' the REPORT to others, not share your irrelevant stories here. It's just too bad you "replied" to my last post, with having blatantly not read my post in its entirety. Because now I feel like a jerk, but it's merely do the crime invoking so much emotion in myself. I almost lost someone dear to me, the same way this women was taken. The problem here is with that man above impersonating an officer. The problem here, is women in our community are being sexually assaulted. Your stories offer no support to the victim, they offer no assistance in spreading the word about or identifying the man above. I'm no moderator, I have no final say in anything. I simply do not want anyone else to fall victim. The sooner he is caught, the better. The more awareness made, the better the likelihood he will be caught. Share the victims story and the suspects picture. By mouth, by 'shares' by 'likes' 'upvotes' .. whatever! Just shaaaare it !!
beth August 31, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I love the way you ASSUME I blatantly didn't read your post. You're a great writer I see. Let me try to explain in simpler terms for you since you can't read between the lines. If Jane citizen is driving at night and hasn't done anything illegal, she doesn't expect to be pulled over by a real cop. This suspect is using this tactic to pull over women. If the cops stop pulling people over unless they've done something illegal, then it's so much easier to DIFFERENTIATE the bad guy from the good guy!! Now doesn't that seem like a good idea? At least it helps. And now if someone is reading this thread, they will think twice and maybe react to this situation differently if it happens to them. Isn't that spreading the word? I think what I wrote probably helped open the eyes of at least a few people. I was naive too until I heard the same type of thing happening to a lot of my friends. And BTW are over the age of 35, with kids, and college educated. I have shared this info with people. I sure don't need you telling me what to do! And your expert critique of what I wrote is lame. A 5th grader could have done a better job! You folks can believe what you want about my "stories"...They are all true and took place.
chansonGuy September 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Beth, at no point was I attempting to imply any of your stories were untrue. Without wanting to sound rude, you still managed to only make a complaint about officers pulling people over. You have inferred quite a lot based upon very little information for you create a correlation to a PPD traffic stop issue. The ONLY REASON women may need to be more cautious currently about fake officers, is because there is someone actively committing this crime. The problem is not with the PPD. I feel like I should say "period". --- However, everyone should always be cautious, but sadly right now everyone should be more cautious than normal. I'm curious how you personally verify whether it is a real officer or not? Due to how severe of an issue you believe it is. Well, if you are looking for some possible ways to prevent mistaking an impersonator for a real cop, many of us here have supplied constructive ideas above. Otherwise, please stop trying to advise people they may need to worry about real officers ‘wasting peoples time’, as if that is dangerous.
DM September 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
kooni jondoo - a harsher penalty? Harsher than rape?
The Real Anon September 12, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Please be aware that you do not have to stop for an alleged "peace officer" unless there are several elements: a) the steady front red light b) siren (not a chirp, an actual siren) c) wearing a distinctive uniform (a badge is not a uniform) d) in a distinctively marked car (a red light is not a marking)
David September 13, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Wayne, not sure what your response to me was intended to convey. Sounds like good examples of police doing their job and trying to catch DUI drivers. As stated in my original post, that's what I support. Sounds like in the second example, the officer was really nice for not writing the fix it ticket. There seems to be an implication in your post (and Beth's nonsensical ravings) that because the officer was nice and didn't write a ticket, it somehow means something. All it means is he gave the driver a break. Not sure what there is to complain about. Weaving is one of the strongest indicators of a DUI driver an officer has to go by to try to catch DUI criminals. I agree with the relevance issue mentioned by chad. I also feel it's relevant to remind people that the actions of one crook can make things that much harder on police who already have a hard enough job to do. My posts are intended to remind people that this crook's actions have nothing to do with real police officers. Finally, to clarify the confusion some people have. You MUST stop by law if an emergency vehicle has a red solid light to the front and emits a siren (even for a short period). That is all that is necessary by law.

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