Police: Cop Impersonator Attempts To Carjack Man In Newark

Newark – The Delaware State Police are investigating an attempted carjacking that took place in the parking lot of a Newark area shopping center in which the suspect identified himself as a law enforcement officer, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 13, 2020, in the parking lot of the Salem Village Square Shopping Center in Newark. A 20-year-old male had just exited a business and was seated in his vehicle in the lot when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up.

A male suspect exited the vehicle, approached the victim and identified himself as a law enforcement officer. The suspect then advised the victim that he needed to take his vehicle, according to Austin. The victim refused at which time the suspect produced a handgun. Upon seeing the weapon the victim drove off. The suspect never specified an agency nor produced any credentials. The victim was not injured as a result of the incident.

The suspect was described as a black male, 5’8”-5’10’ tall, average build, and in possession of a handgun.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Aviola at Troop6 by calling 302-633-5000.

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