Police search for man accused of impersonating officer in south St. Louis County

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by Jasmine Huda / News 4 | @jhuda

KMOV.com

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 8:33 AM

 (KMOV) – Police are searching for a man who allegedly impersonated a St. Louis County Police during a fake traffic stop in south St. Louis County.

Police say Matthew Hawes, 29, drove an unmarked Chevy Impala and activated red and blue flashing lights and a siren as he pulled over a man on Gravois and Mackenzie Road.

Authorities say he flashed a badge and claimed to be a police officer as he demanded the driver’s license and his mobile phone number.

Police say Hawes told the victim he was being stopped for “suspicious activity.” The victim called 911 when he returned home after he realized something was wrong.

Hawes did not rob the victim or caused harm but authorities wonder what his motive was.

“There are a lot of people out there, for whatever reasons, who want to be policeman. I don't know if they don't have the right credentials to do that? So that they'll take whatever measure they can to get their fix,” said St. Louis County Public Information Officer Brian Schellman.

He said disguising a police vehicle is as easy as turning to the internet.

Warrants have been issued for Hawes who was identified in a photo lineup by the victim. 

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