Police impersonator sought in stranger-danger incident

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a police impersonator in a stranger-danger incident at an elementary school in Pontiac.

According to authorities, deputies last weekend spoke with a woman at Alcott Elementary School on West Kennett at 3:47 p.m. who said she was watching over neighborhood children as they played basketball on school property. She told deputies that two 10-year-old boys told her that a man in a black Kia SUV called them over to his vehicle, which was parked in a fire lane.

The suspect talked with the children about the importance of staying in school and gave them a football and a $20 bill, authorities said.

“Additionally, he told them he was a member of the SWAT team and the children stated they saw a badge hanging around his neck,” authorities said in a statement Thursday. “The children observed a gun on the man’s lap, which was a silver revolver with a black handle. After speaking to the children, he left the area.”

The suspect is described as a clean-shaven white male with brown hair. He has tattoos of words and writing on his arms, authorities said. The suspect was wearing all-black clothing and a black baseball cap with the letters ‘SRT’ in silver.

“The safety of our children is our No. 1 priority and if there is an individual misrepresenting himself as law enforcement, it brings us great concern,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the incident, or suspect is asked to call the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (888) Turn-1-In.