CATAWBA COUNTY, North Carolina. –A high school student on her way to school on Little Mountain Road in Sherrills Ford at around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning said a man she believed to be a police officer arrested her.

“During this interaction, she realized, from the person’s appearance and behavior, that he was not in fact a law enforcement officer,” said Catawba County Sheriff’s Captain Aaron Turk said.

Investigators say the high school student asked to see a badge and asked where he worked. He refused to tell her and left. She reported the incident to her school’s resource manager. The Sherrif’s office says the impersonator is a white male in his thirties, 5ft 8in tall and of average height. He has a long black beard and wore a police uniform. He has a gun and other police-type equipment.

“The high school student described a black colored sport utility vehicle that had fully styled blue eyes fixed in one way or another.”

That same impersonator may have gotten stuck around 3 a.m. on Thursday. A driver in Hickory says a man with the same description stopped them along Highway 321, driving the same type of vehicle.

If you think you’ve seen this man or know anything about this matter, call the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

Click here to learn more about the possible law enforcement impersonator wanted by the Hickory Police.


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