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Man Arrested for Impersonating Police Officer, Searching Female Motorist

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Reno Police says around 10:30 Saturday night an 18-year-old woman was approached by someone who identified themselves as an "off duty police officer" while she was depositing money at a bank in the area of South Meadows Parkway and I-580.

The suspect directed the woman back to his vehicle that had flashing amber lights on it. Once there, the man allegedly began to search the woman while pressing himself up against the woman from behind. Police say he then reached inside the victim's waistband and attempted to reach further down the front of her pants.

Police say the woman pushed away from the suspect and asked for a marked police car to come to the area which they say stopped any further contact with the victim.

Officers say the suspect allowed the victim to go back to her vehicle and then drove away from the scene. The woman immediately called police and gave them a description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving.

Police were able to locate the suspect and take him into custody without further incident.

The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Kenneth Crockett II. He is being held in the Washoe County Jail on charges of Battery with intent to commit sexual assault, kidnapping and impersonating an officer.

Reno Police Offer the following tips to help ensure personal safety:

Ask Yourself if You Were Breaking the Law

How fast were you going? Did you run a stop light or break any other laws? Are you reasonably sure your tail lights are working? If you were speeding or you know a tail light is out, there is good reason to assume that it is a police officer behind you. However, if you are confident you were not breaking the law, a little caution is due.

Slow Down, Signal and Look for a Well-Lit Area

Slow down and signal your intent to pull over, or put on your emergency flashers but continue on to a well-lit area with several people: a 24-hour business will offer you some protection, but the best place to go is a police station.

Use Your Cell Phone to Call 911 or Your Local Non-emergency Number

If you really feel uncomfortable and there is no well-lit area nearby, slow down and signal your intention to pull over but use your cell phone to dial 911 if you don't know the local number for the police. If you think you are in danger of being assaulted in a remote area at night that is an emergency. Explain where you are - that you are being pulled over; that it is a dark, remote area; and that you are concerned about your safety.  Stay on the line until they confirm with the local police or state troopers that a legitimate officer is pulling you over.

Pull Over for the Police

If you are confident it is the police and they are in a marked or un-marked police vehicle with working red or blue lights, pull onto the right shoulder. Have your license and registration handy, as well as proof of insurance. Don't make any sudden moves. Be polite.

Make sure the person is in a police uniform or clothing with tools of the trade that readily identify them as a police officer.
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