October 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Man robbed, punched by mugger claiming to be Seattle cop
A man was robbed early Sunday by another man who claimed to be a Seattle cop, according to police.
The victim was in a rental car parked at 420 Blanchard St. just after 2 a.m. when a man shined a flashlight through the windshield and said, “Seattle police. Give me your driver’s license and registration.”
The “cop” also appeared to be making gestures as if he was talking on a radio, according to police. When the victim rolled down his window, the fake cop demanded money. The victim stepped out of the car and was punched in the face, police said.
The victim grabbed his phone to call police, but the robber took the phone from his hand. He then demanded money in return for the phone. The victim refused and ran off.
Police searched for the fake cop but couldn’t find him.
Police said the victim sustained a bloody lip and swollen chin.
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