Prince George RCMP arrest Raafay Shezad after recent incident of a man impersonating a police officer
Raafay Shezad, 18, has been arrested and is facing a number of charges after complaints of a man impersonating a police officer in Prince George.
Prince George RCMP received three separate complaints about the suspect. All three were drivers pulled over by what appeared to be a police car in the Foothills Blvd area of Prince George late in the evening of Wednesday, Apr. 3.
The first incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m., on Apr. 3 when a driver had been pulled over by what they thought was an unmarked police vehicle. The car was equipped with flashing red and blue lights.
Cpl. Craig Douglass of the Prince George RCMP says the driver reported that no one got out of the car and after about a minute, the vehicle drove off.
Police have determined that the suspect was impersonating a police officer.
RCMP officers patrolled the area after the complaint, but the suspect was not found.
The next morning, police were called by another witness who was pulled over by a vehicle that matched the description of the car given by the first victim.
Cpl. Douglass says the woman reported being pulled over by what she thought was a dark coloured unmarked police car with red and blue lights. A man got out of the car and approached the driver on the driver’s side door and identified himself as a police officer.
He then allegedly told the woman that he would be taking her driver’s licence as a result of previous driving infractions. Cpl. Douglass says the man then requested a sexual act from the woman so that she would be able to keep her licence.
The woman refused and the man then requested a $50 payment instead.
On Apr. 4th, Prince George RCMP issued a warning to the public of a man posing as a police officer and driving a small black sporty vehicle with red and blue flashing lights.
After the police warning, Cpl. Douglass says another person came forward with a similar story to the first two.
The 22-year old man was pulled over by what looked like a police vehicle on Foothills Blvd, near 15 Ave. A man approached the vehicle and requested the man hand over his driver’s licence. The suspect allegedly told the driver that he had committed a traffic violation and then asked for $20 from the driver. The driver complied and the suspect left the scene.
On Friday, Prince George RCMP arrested Raafay Shezad, 18, of Prince George in connection with the incidents. The vehicle he was driving has been seized by police. A search warrant was also conducted on a home on St. Patrick Ave where police allegedly found red and blue lights which Douglass says police believe were used in the offences.
Raafay Shezad has been charged with two counts of extortion and two counts of impersonating a peace officer. Further charges are being considered by police.
Shezad has been released on strict conditions and his next court appearance scheduled for April 24th, 2013.
Charges against Raafay Shezad have not been proven in a court of law.
Cpl. Douglass says if you are pulled over by a police officer who makes unreasonable demands, you should:
- Request to see identification or other proof that they are in fact a police officer;
- Ask the officer to have a marked police vehicle attend;
- Advise the officer that you are going to call 9-1-1 to confirm the officer’s identity.
Douglass adds that no police officer will ever have a reason to request money from a member of the public.
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