Two separate incidents of someone impersonating a law enforcement officer have been reported in Duval County and the St. Johns County Sheriff's office is advising people to stay alert.
The stops happened along I-95 and both were female nurses.
The first stop happened near the Duval/St. Johns County line. A man, described as white, in his 50s, with short or shaved hair, stopped a nurse on her way to work in Jacksonville. She was traveling from St. Johns County and the man pulled her over with red and blue lights, stating she was speeding. He was wearing a tan uniform. He asked for her license.
The victim stated she did not see a belt or weapon on the but he was wearing a tag with the name "Moyer" or possible "Moer." The imposter advised the woman of the cost of the ticket for speeding, which the victim told officials seemed high and told her to consider the stop a warning. After studying the license he returned it to the victim and drove off.
The second fake stop occurred in Duval County, involving a nurse on her way home. A dark-colored Chevy 4-door rode alongside the victim, then pulled her over with blue and red headlights.
The suspect during this stop was described as a shorter black male wearing rimmed glasses, a blue striped polo, and a black hat. He had a plastic tag around his neck that said "JSO Detective" and he identified himself as such. He had no badge or any other form of identification. He did not appear to be armed.
The victim gave her driver's license when asked and after returning it, the suspect exited onto CR 210 and wasn't seen again.
Both of these victims reported to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
They said in a Facebook Post:
As a best practice, if you are in an isolated area or have concerns of a stop, turn your hazard lights on and safely begin to drive to a well-lit and populated area. You may also call your local law enforce agency to advise where you are and if an actual unit is attempting to stop you. If you do not have the number already stored in your cell phone (you should) 911 may be appropriate. Additionally, law enforcement officers will possess an official badge and wallet credentials when performing their duties and will generally already have them displayed or readily available.
The St. Johns County and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Offices are continuing an investigation into these two events. Anyone who may have any information of the subjects mentioned or someone who may have talked about conducting traffic stops on citizens with unlawfully installed police equipment is asked to contact us at (904) 824-8304.