PD: Man posing as police officer sexually assaults woman in Flagstaff

Posted at 5:12 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 01:24:18-04

Police say a man posed as a police officer to get a woman alone and sexually assault her.

Early Sunday morning, Flagstaff police say a man approached two people sitting in a car near Agassiz Street and Birch Avenue.

The suspect approached on foot, wearing a baseball cap with the word "Police" on it and a large flashlight, according to a release from the Flagstaff Police Department. The man used the ruse of being a police officer to direct a woman in the car to a secluded area, where he assaulted her, police said.

The suspect is described as a white man, 5' 10" to 5' 11" tall with a muscular build. He may have been wearing blue jeans, glasses and a black strap or stripe across his shirt.

Flagstaff police said its officers always carry an official badge and identification card which will be presented on request to members of the public.

Anyone with information about the suspect or assault is asked to call the Flagstaff Police Department at (928)774-1414 or Silent Witness at 928-774-6111.