Howell County Sheriff Releases Artist's Rendering of Blue Light Suspect

WEST PLAINS, MO - Authorities in Howell County continue to investigate at least two reports of female motorists being stopped by a person impersonating a police officer with the use of a red & blue flashing light on the dash of a passenger car.

This morning, the Howell County Sheriff's Department released an artist's rendering of the suspect, who is described as a white male, approximately 5-feet-8 inches tall with a stocky build and short brownish-blonde hair.  The suspect may also have scratches or an injury to his eyes and head, and may be driving a light or tan-colored car, possibly similar to a Ford Crown Victoria.

In the incidents in question, both female victims were approached by at their car door by a male who was believed to be wearing a blue police-style uniform with a badge and firearm.  After brief conversations, both women were physically removed from their vehicle.  One woman was raped, while the other was able to fight off her attacker and successfully get away.  The first attack occured shortly after 10 p.m. on June 5, just off U.S. 160, three miles west of West Plains.  The second attack occured around 10:30 p.m. on June 10 on Route CC, five miles west of West Plains.

Anyone with information about the incidents or suspect is encouraged to contact the Howell County Sheriff's Office at 417-293-5051.