Vancouver Police say man impersonating officer tried to abduct woman in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Vancouver Police say a man dressed as a police officer and driving a vehicle with flashing lights tried to abduct a woman in East Vancouver late Sunday night.

According to the police report, at 11:56 p.m., Sun., Nov. 27, Vancouver police responded to a call involving an attempted kidnapping. The victim, a woman who told police she had arranged to meet in-person with a man she met online at a site near Maxon Road and Southeast 19th Street in Vancouver. The woman said another male companion gave her a ride to the location.

The woman told police that when she and her friend arrived at the location, they saw a vehicle with flashing lights approaching from behind their car. They stopped, believing it was a police officer, and reported that a man dressed in what appeared to be a police uniform got out of the vehicle behind them and approached their car.

According to Vancouver Police, the man impersonating an officer “pulled the female out of the vehicle, handcuffed her and put her inside his vehicle.”

Police say the victim immediately realized the male was not a police officer and fled from the area on foot. Her male companion also fled on foot, according to police. The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle. Neither victim suffered serious injuries.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, approximately 5-feet-8-inches in height with a medium build and no facial hair.

Anyone with information that may assist with this investigation is asked to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.

Information provided by Vancouver Police  Department


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Kelly Moyer has been reporting for community newspapers since the mid-1990s, including the Newport News-Times on the Oregon Coast; the Lewistown Sentinel, a daily newspaper in central Pennsylvania; the Gresham Outlook, Wilsonville Spokesman, Sherwood Gazette and South County Spotlight newspapers in the Portland metro area; and The Reflector newspaper in Battle Ground, Wash. She also is the former managing editor of Midwifery Today, an international magazine for birth professionals. Kelly, a University of Oregon alumnus and Pennsylvania native, lives with her family in Northeast Portland.

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