From the Criminal Investigations Unit at PCT 5 PENS Police Email Notification System
Welcome to the March PENS, Police Email Notification System, update from Precinct 5. This bulletin is brought to you from the Cobb County Police, Precinct 5 Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU5) and is designed to keep you aware of safety alerts and crime trends in your area and measures you can take to keep you and your family safe.
PUBLIC SAFETY TOPIC OF THE MONTH
March 14, 2018
Sexual Assault ***Update***
Below is the sketch of the suspect in the sexual assault on March 9, 2018 detailed in this Public Information Release.
On March 9, 2018 at approximately 4:45 AM the victim was driving on Terrell Mill Road near paper Mill Road when she was pulled over by what she thought was a police vehicle. The male suspect approached the victim and during the course of speaking with her asked for her driver’s license. While she was reaching for her license the suspect grabbed the victim by her collar and opened her driver door. He then began to conduct what she thought was a “pat down” for her ID. Instead he began to grope and sexually assault the victim as she sat in her seat. After a brief time he stopped and let her leave the scene.
The suspect was driving a vehicle with a light bar on top of it. It is not known what type of vehicle. He was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, with an average build, with short dark brown hair worn in a buzz cut, unshaven, and with a square-shaped head. He was described as being approximately 30 years of age. He was wearing a dark jacket with a light blue emblem or some other writing on it, a black vest with a star-shaped gold badge on one side and three service bars (gold) on the other. He was wearing a tan collared uniform shirt with a gold emblem on the left side of the collar and a white t-shirt under the uniform shirt. He was wearing dark pants. He was also wearing a police duty belt with a gun, Taser, and radio.
This uniform combination does not match any uniform of any law enforcement agency operating in Cobb County, be they County or other municipality.
The Cobb County Police Department advises citizens to be aware of their surroundings as often as possible, even when interacting with the police. Following are a few recommendations to consider when pulling over for an officer who is conducting a traffic stop:
- Pull over in a public area.
- Find a well-lit area so the officer can see you and you can see the officer. Turn on your hazard lights, slow down, and find the best location available to pull over.
- You do not have to roll your window all the way down in order to speak to an officer or give an officer your driver’s license and proof of insurance (but the license and proof of insurance are required to be handed over if an officer asks for them).
- You can call 911 and make sure you are being pulled over by an actual officer (if you are unsure due to darkness or the car not being easily recognized as a marked patrol vehicle) while driving slowly with your hazard lights on.
- If you suspect the individual is not an actual officer, call 911 immediately and give your location and a description of the suspect and suspect vehicle if visible. Stay on the phone with the 911 operator until an officer arrives to assist you.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit at 770-499-4111 or by email at email@example.com
CURRENT CRIME TRENDS
Entering Autos have decreased in the West Cobb area, yet this does not allow for us to let our guard down. Continue to lock your car doors and remove items of value.
IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams
A sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be IRS employees, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a gift card or wire transfer. Victims may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.
For more information, check out Consumer Alert: Scammers Change Tactics, Once Again on irs.gov.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
To deter Entering Autos you can do a few simple things. Please remove items of value, especially handguns, and, lock your car doors. Security lights and cameras installed in the area where your car is parked can also deter these kinds of theft.
Keep your garage doors closed when unattended. Potential thieves look for neighborhoods that may be an easy target. When they drive through and see open garage doors, it displays a lack of security and lowered vigilance for criminal activity. Even if your car is in your garage, lock your vehicle’s doors and take the keys inside. There is a trend in the southern part of the county where they are stealing cars from open garages. The victims leave their keys in the vehicle, for added convenience to the criminals. Don’t be a victim! Keep them away from your neighborhood.
Remember to CALL 911 to report any suspicious persons or activity. If you see something, say something!
STAY UP TO DATE WITH CRITICAL INFORMATION
Cobb Department of Public Safety (DPS) staff is working to enhance the delivery of near real-time information to residents about incidents that may have significant and/or imminent impacts on their safety or welfare. DPS has implemented the SwiftReach Swift911 notification system to distribute these types of alerts.
SwiftReach is a high-speed emergency notification system that alerts residents to emergency situations including severe weather, missing and endangered persons or significant road closures due to fatality accidents or other unplanned incidents.
The program has the capability of delivering pre-recorded messages to the entire county via telephone, cell phone, email and text messaging. The system uses a publicly-available list of phone numbers that can be removed or updated by both residents and businesses.
There are two simple options to opt-in and provide contact information for this service. A sign up portal is available on the Police, Fire, EMA and Public Safety pages on the Cobb County website. Residents can also get the Swift911 Mobile App by texting the word “Swift911” to “99538.” The response text will be a link for the Swift 911 app in the app store. SwiftReach is another example of using current technology to ensure residents receive vital information from the Department of Public Safety. For more information, visit the Department of Public Safety page at www.cobbcounty.org and click on the SwiftReach icon.
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Remain Safe and Vigilant,
Det. Lieutenant T. A. Nelson
Criminal Investigation Unit Pct. 5
Cobb County Police Department
4640 Dallas Highway
Powder Springs, GA 30127