Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said this morning that, while there has been little to no progress in identifying the man who has posed as a law enforcement officer in the Spring Hill area, HCSO deputies and investigators are using new measures to identify the suspect.
“The description that we have is all that we have,” Singleton said.
The suspect is described as a tall and slim dark-haired white male in his 30s or 40s. He has been described as wearing blue jeans and driving an off-white or, possibly, cream-colored two door sedan equipped with a siren but no emergency lights.
“We've just had that one; but, I think it is legitimate,” Singleton said this morning, when asked about the late December incident in the Spring Hill area where the initial report was made.
He said his office has taken new measures since a female juvenile was stopped by the suspect and questioned in a late-night incident in the vicinity of Arkansas Highway 355 and Hempstead County Road 5.
“We have had several unmarked cars down there patrolling,” Singleton said. “We've been looking for that particular car.”
He said the suspect may not be a local resident.
“I don't think that person is in the area, anymore,” Singleton said. “It may have been someone from a neighboring county. It's such a small community down there that someone would recognize that car.”
Singleton reminded county residents, especially female drivers, to remain cautious when driving in isolated sections of the county at night. He said anyone who is approached by someone posing as a law enforcement officer, but who shows no identification or does not have typical law enforcement identification on his vehicle, should not stop, but should go to a well-lighted, populated area; and, if possible, contact 911 to confirm the alleged officer's identity.
All HCSO patrol deputies are required to dress in uniform and to identify themselves immediately upon making a traffic stop, Singleton said. He said all HCSO patrol vehicles are clearly marked and the county does not use two-door sedans as patrol or investigative vehicles.