Don’t be fooled by police spoofing. Here’s what to do if you stop at an unmarked car.

San Angelo — Police are urging San Angelo drivers to be wary after learning that a man driving a black Dodge charger may have tried to impersonate a law enforcement agency.

Thursday, January 27, around 5:45 am, 2022Police learned that a person was stopped at 1700 blocks in Cox Lane by an unmarked black Dodge Charger. According to the release, it had a dark rim, a rear-view mirror strobe light and a light bar with a temporary registration tag.

The charger driver met the person, but “suddenly left when the plaintiff asked him about his identity and the institution he belonged to,” the record said. Police confirmed that the man was not affiliated with a local law enforcement agency.

The San Angelo Police Department is investigating the possibility of spoofing after someone tries to stop the vehicle on Thursday, January 27, 2022.

The San Angelo Police Department is investigating the possibility of spoofing after someone tries to stop the vehicle on Thursday, January 27, 2022.

The man, according to the release, was described as a black man, about 20-30 years old, 6-6 feet 2 feet tall, with moderate athletic performance, and a potential tattoo on his right hand.

If people have similar contacts or information with this man, please contact the police at 325-657-4315.

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What to do if police stop you with marked or unmarked units

The San Angelo Police Department has provided these steps to ensure safety during traffic outages, whether marked or unmarked.

  1. Call 911 to make sure the person stopping you is a police officer.

  2. Turn on the hazard lights and slowly move to the nearest populated / bright area, letting the coordinator know where to stop.

  3. You know your location you want to relay for dispatch. This is useful if it is an illegal stop and cops can find you. Landmarks, restaurants, shops and streets are examples to help your location.

  4. Describe the vehicle that is stopping to dispatch you to maximize your capabilities. This helps to see if this is in law enforcement.

  5. Follow the coordinator’s instructions.

  6. Continue to call the coordinator until the coordinator is confirmed to be a legal stop.

This is not the first time someone in the San Angelo area has attempted to impersonate a law enforcement agency. Most commonly, scammers tried to impersonate an official over the phone.

Related: San Angelo man guilty on multiple charges, including impersonating a police officer

2019, San Angelo man Troy Rankford pleads guilty Two counts impersonating a civil servant in 2018.

On October 1st and July 24th, 2018, Rankford announced that two women would “submit to pretending public institutions” to “depend on (his) pretending public acts.” I intentionally impersonated a police officer. In both cases, he exhibited his wallet.

His impersonation was revealed on August 1, 2018, after Rankford tried to pull the car in which the woman was riding. One of them was a student at Wall High School.

Rankford was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Tom Green County Jail.

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Alana Edgin is a journalist responsible for crime and courts in western Texas. Send her news tips to [email protected]

This article was originally published in San Angelo Standard-Times: Police spoofing was reported in San Angelo.Tips for ensuring safety