Alleged police impostor still at large; Hawkins County Sheriff assumes rape did occur

Rain Smith • Apr 18, 2007 at 12:00 AM

A police sketch of the alleged rape suspect.


Hawkins County Sheriff Roger Christian says there is no new information or leads in the investigation of an alleged rape by a police impostor.

The incident allegedly happened January 23 on Highway 11-W, just west of Rogersville. A 22-year-old Hawkins County woman told investigators that about 11:30 p.m. a white four-door sedan with a flashing blue light appeared behind her car.

Thinking it was an unmarked police car, she says she complied and pulled to the side of the road.

"The assailant walked to the side of her vehicle, brandished a handgun and removed her from the vehicle," Christian said. "The perpetrator took the victim to the side of the road, tore her clothing and raped her."

Christian says his office knows of no similar attacks in the region, and are still treating the alleged victim as a credible source.

"We've not received any information to make us think otherwise," Christian said. "Until we find out something different we're going to assume it did occur."

The woman claims she had a gun put to her face and was unable to give a good description of the suspect. She said his vehicle looked like an unmarked police car, but couldn't say if it was a Crown Victoria or an Impala. The rapist allegedly told her to stay put until he was gone, leaving her at the side of the road. She then drove to nearby Lakeview Market where the clerk called 911.

The victim was treated at Hawkins County Memorial Hospital. Despite being very upset and initially unable to provide investigators with much information, police released a description and sketch of a suspect a week after the incident allegedly occurred. Christian said his office also received 25 tips from the public.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s to early 30s. He stands between 6-feet, 1-inch to 6-feet, 5-inches tall, weighing 260 to 300 pounds. He was wearing a dark toboggan the night of the alleged attack, but the victim believes his hair was very short and dark colored.

The alleged suspect is believed to be armed with a blue steel semiautomatic pistol. Police say he was driving a white late-model Ford Crown Victoria, probably an old police cruiser, with a blue revolving light on the dash and a spotlight on the driver's side door.

Christian says unmarked cars rarely make traffic stops, and urged motorists who question the validity of one to proceed to a well lit, public place before complying.

Recommended for You

    Kingsport Times News Videos