PLEASANTON -- Authorities are searching for a man they believe is presenting himself as a police officer to pull women off the road and sexually assault them, police said.
The victim told police that about 3 a.m. on Aug. 5, she was driving down Valley Avenue near Bernal Avenue when she heard the chirp of a siren and saw a flash of light in her rearview mirror, Sgt. Maria Munayer said.
The woman pulled off the road under the assumption that she was being stopped by a police officer, at which point the man approached her window and showed her a star-shaped badge. He was wearing dark clothing, the woman said, and an uninscribed police-style hat.
The man ordered the woman out of her car, handcuffed her and ordered her into the back of his vehicle, Munayer said. The suspect drove down a gravel road to a secluded area where he sexually assaulted the woman and left her at the scene.
The victim was able to walk back to her car and drive home, police said. The incident was not reported for several weeks after it occurred.
The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, 5 foot 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 185 pounds with dark-colored hair and a medium-muscular build, Munayer said. His vehicle was described as a dark-colored, four-door sedan of an unknown make and model.
Pleasanton police would like to remind residents that officers are required to have a solid, steady, front-facing red light when conducting
Anyone with information about this incident may contact Pleasanton police at 925-931-5100.
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