Woman pulled over, punched by man posing as officer in Manor

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MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — A woman driving on US 290 East through Manor was attacked by a man posing as a police officer Saturday morning.

Manor officers, who were called at 8:40 a.m., said the woman told police she was pulled over by a black and white passenger car with an overhead emergency light bar near the intersection of US Highway 290 and George Bush Street. Police determined it happened about a mile east of there, between where Paseo de Presidente Boulevard and Ballerstedt Road intersect US 290.

The woman said sometime between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., she was approached by a white man, described as 5-foot-9 and wearing a dark police uniform.

The man posing as the officer told the woman he pulled her over because of a broken taillight. The woman replied that her light worked and the man replied, “Stop being a smart-ass,” according to Manor police.

The woman says the man then punched her in the face and told her to “get the f— out of here.” She then drove away.

A preliminary investigation by the Manor Police Department shows no Manor officers were conducting traffic stops in the area at the reported time, after call logs from Travis County dispatch and dash cam and body cam video were reviewed. Police also reviewed the GPS locations of all officers on duty, showing none were nearby at the time.

“If the information given by [the woman] is true and correct, it is believed this was done by someone impersonating a Police Officer and is being criminally investigated as such,” the police department said in a statement. She has declined to do a suspect profile sketch, police said.

As of Thursday, police are still searching for a suspect. Anyone with information about the case can call 512-272-8177.

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