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Woman raped by man posing as Fort Worth police officer

03/17/2010 10:36 PM

03/18/2010 1:22 PM

FORT WORTH -- Police are urging women to take precautions after a man wearing what appeared to be a police uniform entered a woman's southwest Fort Worth apartment under the guise of looking for a fugitive, then raped her.

"At this point, the investigation indicates the suspect is not, in fact, a Fort Worth Police Officer," states a news release issued by the department Wednesday and including a composite of the rapist.

The woman told investigators that she had just returned to her apartment complex at about 2 a.m. Monday when she heard knocking on her door. Looking out the peephole, the woman spotted a man wearing a dark blue uniform, which included a shirt that appeared to have Fort Worth police patches on both arms.

The man told the woman he was looking for a fugitive and threatened to arrest her if the fugitive was in her apartment. When the woman opened the door to show that the fugitive was not there, the uniformed man sexually assaulted her, police said.

The man told the woman that he had a weapon, but he did not use it, police said.

He is described as black, 30 to 40 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 to 250 pounds. He had a shaved head, was clean-shaven, had a very round face and appeared stocky but not fat.

Mahaffey said lone women should take precautions if unsure of a purported officer's true identity.

"Is there more than one police officer? Do you see a police car? Did you call the police? Look at the totality of the circumstances," Mahaffey said. "If there is a bona fide question of authenticity, it is perfectly acceptable to ask a Fort Worth police officer for their identification card or dial 911."

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call the sex crimes unit at 817-392-4350.

DEANNA BOYD, 817-390-7655

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