CHP: Man carjacked by fake officer
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SAN DIEGO - Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly posed as a police officer and stole another man's car after pulling him over on Interstate 805.
According to the California Highway Patrol, at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, a black Jeep Patriot was on westbound state Route 905 when a white Ford Crown Victoria flashed a red and blue light behind it.
The Jeep pulled over on northbound I-805 just south of Palm Avenue, and the Jeep's driver told authorities a Hispanic male in his 20s exited the passenger side of the Ford and approached the Jeep.
The victim said "he observed an individual exit the passenger seat of the vehicle, approach the vehicle and noticed that the individual was wearing a black vest that read 'police' on it and also observed a black colored handgun located on the right hip," CHP investigator Ken Jackman told 10News.
The passenger asked the Jeep's driver to get out of the car, and after exiting, the passenger got into the Jeep and drove away, according to the CHP.
The Crown Victoria also drove away immediately after, the CHP said. A description of the Crown Victoria's driver was not provided.
10News was told by investigators that inside the Jeep was a large sum of cash but they would not disclose how much.
"Obviously, (the victim is) upset and shaken," added Jackman. "Fortunately, our suspect in this case didn't use any force to get the vehicle and the money. Luckily, the victim complied with the individual's requests and demands and luckily he's safe here today."
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