On Sept. 12 (Thursday evening) at approximately 9:45 p.m. an 18-year-old female reported to Helena-West Helena Police that while in the area of Beechcrest School near 10th and Plaza Streets she was pulled over by who she thought was a law enforcement officer.
According to a police release issued by the H–WHPD, during the traffic stop, the woman was asked to exit her vehicle. A subject described as a white male with dark brown hair and mustache, about 6-2 in height with a slender build, attempted to cuff the female and fondled her in a frisking manner before she was able to successfully escape on foot.
The police report also said that the suspect was wearing a BDU style uniform, dark blue or black in color. He was driving a black unmarked vehicle with possibly a blue light bar or hide-away lights installed.
The Criminal Investigation Unit is currently working diligently on the information the victim provided. Police are asking that if anyone has information or has seen an individual in that area matching this description to not hesitate to call the nearest law enforcement agency.
As a precaution, police are asking individuals to not exit their vehicles unless the vehicles or vehicles making the traffic stop are clearly marked “Police” or the officer has been clearly identified as law enforcement.
The release goes on to state that any and all officers employed by the Helena-West Helena Police Department or any law enforcement agency should provide their name, rank, agency employed by and the reason for the stop.
If there are any concerns about the identity of an officer, the press release states, don't hesitate to ask for identification or call the local agency for verification.