Springdale, SC Springdale Police want to reassure concerned community members following a sexual assault where a suspect impersonated a police officer, the chief said Friday.
The department is working with other police agencies to find a man used a small blue light on his dash board and stopped a woman in her early 20s on her way back from Midlands Technical College on Tuesday, said Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett. The incident occured at the 1000 block of Wattling Road and the suspect told the victim that her tag lamp was out and used the traffic stop to get the victim out of the vehicle, according to a news release.
The suspect then began to physically assault the victim with his fists and forced her into the edge of the woods and sexually assaulted her, the release said.
The suspect then got into his vehicle and drove off toward Augusta Road.
The suspect was described as a white male in his early twenties to mid-30s with light brown or red hair, light colored eyebrows and no facial hair. The suspect was wearing a black T-shirt with “POLICE” on the front, a black windbreaker law enforcement style jacket with no patches. He also wore khaki pants, black low quarter police style boots and a black holster similar to a radio holster, not a gun holster, the release said.
The suspect’s vehicle is a small four-door compact car and a small blue light on the dashboard.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (888) CRIME-SC, texting to CRIMES (274637) and marking the beginning of the message with "TIPSC,” or logging onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and clicking on the red "Submit a tip” tab.