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Kendall County Sheriff: Report of rape by police impersonator a hoax

Updated: September 11, 2012 1:42PM

A woman who reported being sexually assaulted Tuesday evening near Plano by a man wearing a police officer’s uniform made her story up, a spokesman for the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday night.

“The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office is canceling its community alert concerning the report of the police impersonator who had sexually assaulted a 33-year-old Sandwich woman,” Detective Sgt. Joe Jasnosz said in a release.

“It was determined that an assault did not occur, and there was no police impersonator involved,” Jasnosz said. “There is no known threat to public safety, but we still urge the public to use caution.”

Jasnosz said Thursday night by telephone the incident is being reviewed by the state’s attorney’s office. He would not comment on whether the woman faces criminal charges, saying further information about the case might be released Friday.

The woman told investigators she was accosted shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday near Griswold Springs Road, about two blocks west of Little Rock Road near Plano.

She told police she was driving on Griswold Springs Road when she saw a blue Ford Crown Victoria — a model similar to many police squad cars — following her. There also was a pulsating, red-and-blue emergency light on the front of the car, police said.

After stopping her, the driver of the Crown Victoria approached her car, she told police. The woman said the man wore a police, fire or security-type uniform, and that he was the only one in the car. The woman claimed the man, after approaching her vehicle, put a mask over his face and pointed a gun at her. She told police the man ordered her to get out of the car and forced her to walk to a nearby cornfield, where he then raped her.

Following the attack, the woman said the man fled east on Griswold Springs Road. The woman was taken to Valley West Hospital in Sandwich, where she underwent treatment before being released, police said.

The woman had described the rapist as a white man with tan skin or a light-skinned Hispanic. He stood about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 180 pounds and had an average build, according to the woman.

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