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NYPD hunts for cross-dressing police impersonator

April 19, 2012 9:17:02 AM PDT
Police in Manhattan are searching for a suspect that was seen cross-dressing and impersonating a police officer in surveillance video.

The first incident happened on Tuesday, March 14 at around 1:45 p.m. at the Chase Bank on Broadway.

The suspect, a black man dressed as a woman, approached a female victim.

The suspect then identified himself as a cop, removed the victim's wallet from her purse and proceeded to take the victim's Chase debit card before fleeing the scene.

The suspect was described as a black man dressed as a woman in his 30s, approximately 5-foot-5 and between 125 and 130 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a white sweater, blue jeans and a black fanny pack with a gold shield on his belt.

Earlier that same day, at noon, authorities say the suspect entered Harlem Hospital and identified himself as a police officer.

He then displayed a shield and gained access to the administrative offices of the hospital.

He did not remove any property before leaving the building.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity of this suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting any tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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