Police Officer Imposter Allegedly Assaults Man

Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 6:56 pm
By: News 9

By Gan Matthews, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The hunt is on for a man posing as a police officer. A metro man said he was pulled over by an impersonator Monday night, and has the cuts and bruises to prove it.

Oklahoma City Police said this case fits the description of a police impersonation and are searching to find the fake cop.

William McNeil has a cut lip, a black eye and an abrasion on his face. McNeil said he got those injuries after he crossed the Canadian River and saw the flashing lights of what he thought was a police car behind him.

McNeil pulled over, and the man in the black car approached him.

"The cop came up, had his flashlight on me and asked me for my license and registration," McNeil said. "I get my wallet out of the glove box; right when I pull it out, he grabbed the wallet from me."

Then the man told McNeil to step to the rear of his car.

"I turned around and asked him why he took my wallet, and he hits me two or three times," McNeil said. "The next thing I saw with the barrel of the gun towards my face. He told me to count to 100 or he was going to kill me."

The man drove off, and McNeil called police.

"A simple call to 911 on your cell phone can verify that the person stopping you is a police officer," Oklahoma City police Master Sergeant Gary Knight said.

Police also advise that you drive to a place where there are other people before pulling over. McNeil said that's exactly what he'll do if this ever happens again.

If you have any information about this police impersonator, you're asked to call Oklahoma City Police Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.