A man allegedly impersonating a police officer is on the loose in Clearwater.
"At about 2 this morning in the 1800 block of N. Highland Avenue a 35 year old woman was walking along, she was headed to a neighborhood grocery store," said Clearwater Police Spokesman Rob Shaw.
Investigators say the victim in this case was walking down North Highland on her way to a Walmart when she was stopped by a man in a red pickup truck claiming to be a police officer.
"He told her he was an officer, he flashed a badge that was in a wallet and he pointed to some handcuffs that were dangling from his rearview mirror," said Shaw. "He told her that she needed to get in the truck because she was in some kind of trouble."
Officers say the victim got in that truck and the pair drove down North Highland.
"They drive for a little bit and he begins to try to search her once they stop," said Shaw. "Then they drive a little bit more and he makes her get out of the car and he proceeds to search her some more and at that point in time commits a sexual battery on her."
After the alleged act the suspect told the victim to leave, then drove away.
Clearwater Police say they want to pick up this suspect, who was wearing uniform type clothing as soon as possible.
"It's quite concerning because if this guy does this once you don't know if he's going to be brave enough to do it again," said Shaw. "Anybody who has seen anything suspicious, has seen a truck like this, has seen anybody acting like this they need to call Clearwater Police and help up find this guy."
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