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5 women report run-ins with fake cop

Authorities are warning of a police imposter who is targeting women near the Gonzaga University campus.

After a student told police she’d been pulled over last week by a uniformed man who claimed to be a police officer, four other women reported similar incidents, including one in north Spokane and one in the lower Logan Neighborhood.

No violence has been reported, but police are concerned the man’s behavior may escalate, said Tom Michaud, crime analyst for the Spokane Police Department.

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GU students warned of police imposter

Gonzaga University is warning students of a police imposter after a man impersonated an officer stopped a student near campus.

The man was wearing a dark blue uniform and told the woman she had failed to yield to pedestrians after he stopped her about 3:15 p.m. Oct. 5 at Cincinnati and Desmet.

He asked for her identification and had the woman open her glove compartment and trunk before leaving. The student reported the incident to Spokane police. The man was driving a tan Cadillac Escalade with Washington plates. The Cadillac had red and blue flashing lights across the top of the windshield, but no other police markings.

Gonzaga security reminded students in an email Wednesday to pull over in a visible location and to call 911 for verification of an officer’s identity if suspicious.

The impostor is described as a white man in his early 40s, 5-foot-11 with a medium build and buzzed blond hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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