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Fake Cop Pulls Over, Attacks Victim In Rural Bloomington

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Editor's note: This story was published in 2018.

The McLean County sheriff's department is looking for the public's help finding a suspect who impersonated a police officer during a traffic stop over the weekend.

The incident happened Saturday in rural Bloomington on McLean County 700 North Road, west of Downs and south of Bloomington. A male suspect used flashing lights to get the victim to pull over and then approached the victim's car, the sheriff's department said in a Facebook post. The suspect tried unsuccessfully to subdue the victim. The victim was able to drive away.

The suspect vehicle was described as a midsize black, four-door car with blue lights in the front and back windows. The suspect was described as a thin-build white male in his 40s.

"As always, if you are suspicious about the vehicle or person attempting to pull you over, immediately contact 911," the sheriff's department said in a statement.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the McLean County Sheriff's Police at (309) 888-5019, Detective Dave Fritts at (309) 888-5078, or Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111.

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Ryan Denham is the digital content director for WGLT.