Crime & Courts

Cop impostor assaults and robs man, 95

A woman posing as a police officer forced her way into a southeast Wichita home Thursday night, assaulted the 95-year-old man who lives there and robbed him.

She knocked on the victim's door in southeast Wichita at about 9:30 p.m. and asked to come in, claiming she was a cop, police said. The man asked to see identification and refused to open the door.

The impostor showed him a card through a window, but he still refused to let her in. She then forced her way inside, damaging the door frame, and shoved the elderly man onto a couch, police said.

She went to his bedroom, where she stole his wallet and property from a dresser drawer before leaving, police said.

The suspect is a black woman in her 30s who is 6 feet tall and about 190 pounds. She has short brown hair and brown eyes, and was wearing a long-sleeved white T-shirt and a multicolored coat.

Sgt. Steve Yarberry said the victim did the right thing by asking for identification and not opening the door. Unfortunately, the robber kicked the door in anyway and committed the crime.

"An officer is going to be in uniform," Yarberry said. "If they're a plainclothes detective, they will show ID.

"If people are still wondering who they are, they should call 911."

Officers and detectives alike alert dispatchers to their location, so 911 can confirm if a law enforcement officer is at an address.

"So many times elderly people open the door anyway," he said, and they shouldn't do that.