Sheriff’s Dept. Warns Of Person Impersonating An Officer

May 24, 2022

ASHLAND – The Chemung County Sheriff’s department is investigating an incident that took place recently in which a person impersonating a law enforcement officer pulled a driver over this past weekend. 

Sheriff Bill Schrom reports that on Sunday, May 22nd sometime around 11:00 pm, a driver was stopped on Route 427 (Lower Maple Ave.), in the Town of Ashland, by an individual he believed to be a police officer. The individual who was stopped was detained at that location for approximately 20-30 minutes before being told he was free to go. 

The driver reported that a Hispanic male, approximately 5’6”, thin build, with a goatee and short, dark hair had been operating a dark colored, older model Crown Victoria vehicle. This individual is described to be about 30 years old and wearing black pants, similar to the type law enforcement wear, black tactical boots, a long-sleeve flannel shirt with a tactical vest on top of the shirt and a name tag. 

The person did not have any badge, patch or insignia that would identify as law enforcement, but he was wearing a black colored gun belt that had a hand gun or taser on it, a flash light and pepper spray. The driver who was stopped did not notice a portable radio, handcuffs or a body camera, however the vehicle was equipped with emergency lights on the inside of the front windshield, had a spotlight on the driver’s side, no front license plate, nor any other emergency lighting on the vehicle.

Shortly after the driver was stopped, he was asked to step out of his vehicle, at which time the person impersonating an officer searched the interior of the car and then the driver was let go “with a warning”. The driver left the scene and went home, where he advised his mother what had occurred and she immediately reported it to law enforcement. 

Sheriff Schrom says there are no suspects at this time, however, the Sheriff’s office is asking the public that if anyone was around that area at that time and may have seen this vehicle stop, that they contact the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office at 607-737-2933 or 607-737-2950. 

Schrom asks anyone else who may have been stopped in a similar fashion by this individual to also contact their agency.