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Armed Intruder Poses as Police Officer, Enters Home

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — After someone posing a police officer walked into a Stafford County home and held two people at gunpoint, authorities in that county want you to be familiar with police uniforms.

The crime happened at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Riggs Road in the Leeland Station subdivision. A white man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short, dark hair, weighing between 250 and 285 pounds, between 35 and 45-years-old, knocked on the door of the house. When the home occupants answered, the man displayed a gun and forced the two into the interior section of the house, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

But the two were able to escape and fled to a neighbor’s house where they called 911. The man posing as a police officer also got away.

Here’s a statement from Kennedy on what to look out for is someone is posing as a local law enforcement officer:

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this incident and is requesting that if any citizen in the Riggs Road area of Leeland Station saw anyone or any vehicle of a suspicious nature  night between 9:00pm – 9:45 pm to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400, Stafford Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020 or TEXT “STAFFORD” + your tip to CRIMES (274637).

The suspect in this incident presented himself as a law enforcement officer.  In an attempt to protect the investigative integrity of this case the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the specific description of what the suspect was wearing. However if a citizen is not sure as to the authenticity of the individual presenting themselves as a law enforcement officer, ask for identification or badge.  Verify the agency by reading the name on the ID or badge as well as the patch.  A generic badge will simply say Police or Investigator.  A real badge will usually include the name of the agency.  If you still question the authenticity call 9-1-1 and asked the dispatcher to verify the identity of the individual.

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