El Monte

Authorities Seek Fake Cop Suspected of Sexually Assaulting Woman in El Monte

A man with tattoos on his face and neck was sought by authorities Thursday morning on suspicion he sexually assaulted a woman in El Monte.

The crime occurred near the intersection of Durfee and Magnolia avenues at 7 p.m. Wednesday when the suspect, who was driving a brown or green police style Ford Crown Victoria, initiated a traffic stop and pulled the victim over, according to Lt. Christopher Cano of the El Monte Police Department.

The suspect asked the victim for her driver's license and registration, then had her exit her vehicle and while outside the vehicle, the suspect sexually assaulted the woman, then drove away from the scene in an unknown direction, Cano said.

The victim later reported the crime to police, he said.

The suspect was described as Hispanic, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds with a muscular build, brown eyes and black slicked back hair. He was wearing a uniform shirt with unknown patches on the sleeves and dark pants. He was unshaven, possibly with a goatee, has three teardrop tattoos underneath his right eye and an 8-ball tattoo on his neck and a burn mark on his right thumb extending to his wrist, Cano said.

The suspect vehicle is equipped with red and blue police lights on the dashboard, a siren and P.A. system with front spotlights on both sides of the vehicle, he said.

Anyone with information about this assault or other similar incidents was asked to call the El Monte Police Department at 626-580-2172. Tips may also be submitted by email at tips@empd.org.

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