By Lynn R. Mitchell
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Department has issued an alert warning travelers of a police impersonator who is working the area of Route 250 in West Augusta near Ramsey’s Draft and Mountain House Wayside. That area, surrounded by the George Washington National Forest, is very rural and mountainous with spotty cell phone service.
Residents in the area report the suspect is targeting women who are driving alone.
From the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department:
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints regarding a police impersonator that has been operating on Route 250 in West Augusta near Ramsey’s Draft. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark SUV, possibly black. The suspect is described as a white male with “shaggy” hair and a pimpled face.
One confirmed “traffic stop” was made in Highland County, though several others have reported being chased from Augusta County into Highland County by the suspect vehicle. The vehicle is said to have colored flashing lights on the front and rear.
If you have any information about the identity of the suspect or any information regarding the vehicle please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
That section of Route 250 is located between Churchville and Shenandoah Mountain about 20 miles west of Staunton. Anyone traveling the Route 250 corridor in western Augusta County and eastern Highland County should be on alert.