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Springdale police working new leads in search for cop impersonator who sexually assaulted Midlands Tech student

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SPRINGDALE, SC (WIS) -

Springdale police conducted check points in the area where a man dressed up as a cop and pulled over a 23-year-old Midlands Tech student and sexually assaulted her, Chief Kevin Cornett said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

Cornett said it the incident occurred Tuesday between 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. when a man using a small blue light on his dashboard stopped the woman in the 1000 block of Wattling Road.

Cornett said the suspect used the traffic stop as a ruse to get the victim out of the vehicle and that is when he began to hit her repeatedly in the head.  The suspect then dragged the victim into the edge of the wood line where he sexually assaulted her and then drove off toward Augusta Road.

More officers on the road in Springdale and the surrounding area hope to ease the tension, Cornett said.

"We know there's a state of fear at this time in our town," Cornett said.  

Police returned to Wattling Road Thursday night with a checkpoint hoping to get new details.

"We had quite a few in our check point last night to give us information that we didn't have already," Cornett said.

Cornett said the vehicle is possibly a dark colored or silver compact car with four doors. It also had high intensity lights that can appear blue sometimes.

Springdale police with SLED spent the day questioning several people developed in the leads and say it's important they find this imposter soon.

"This was a violent attack, it is crucial that we get this person off the street," Cornett said. "Of course anytime you have someone impersonating an officer that puts everyone in a dangerous situation, so it's very important that we get him off the street as quickly as we can."

The suspect is described as a white man in his early twenties to mid-thirties, with light brown or red hair, light colored eyes and no facial hair. The suspect was wearing a black T-shirt with the word "POLICE" written on the front, a black windbreaker-style jacket, khaki pants, black police style boots and a box style holster similar to a radio holster or possible a large cell phone holster.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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