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Police search for man posing as officer

Sunday, November 11, 2012


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Dexter Police were dispatched to 224 Carter St. just before 1 a.m. Thursday by a caller who said he had been assaulted by a male subject he initially believed to be a police officer.

Nicholas Griffin, 31, phoned police at 12:51 a.m. Griffin told police he was walking home from having been at a downtown bar at 12:30 a.m., and that as he walked south on Elm St. near Carter St., a white Ford Crown Victoria vehicle pulled alongside him and activated his light bar atop the vehicle. Griffin admitted that he had been drinking prior to his walk home.

According to a report by J.T. Benton, who responded to the call, Griffin said that the vehicle's patrol lights were blue and white, as opposed to Dexter's squad cars which all operate with red and blue lights.

Griffin told Benton that the man he believed to be a policeman at the time called out, "Hey, you, stop."

Griffin said he stopped walking and the male got out of the vehicle, approached him and began assaulting him by punching him in the head and then threw him on the ground.

Griffin told police the assault lasted from two to three minutes before the subject returned to his vehicle and drove west on Carter St.

A search ensued for the vehicle described by Griffin to be carrying some kind of decals similar to what appears on Dexter's patrol units. He was unclear, however, just what lettering appeared on the car.

The only injuries apparent on Griffin, according to police, were described as "slight scratches" on the left side of his forehead.

Dexter Police checked with the Highway Patrol and neighboring law enforcement agencies to verify whether any other patrol vehicles may have been in the area at the time of the alleged assault, and found that none were.

In spite of local officers canvassing the area in search of the suspect vehicle, none was found.

The investigation is ongoing.

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