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Easton police searching for man impersonating a cop

Victim said the man conducted a stop-and-frisk

EASTON, Pa. - The Easton Police Department is searching for a man who reportedly posed as a police officer and randomly searched a pedestrian late Thursday night.

Police said the incident occurred in the 1400 block of Northampton Street about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. A 19-year-old city resident told authorities that he was walking along Northampton Street, when the unidentified man stopped him, according to a news release.

He was driving a black SUV with no markings or emergency lights.

The man did not identify himself as a police officer, nor did he present a badge or any other official police identification or markings. But he was carrying handcuffs and had "police-like" patches on the arms of his jacket.

The teen reported that the man told him he was conducting a routine stop-and-frisk. He then frisked the pedestrian and searched his belongings before leaving. The SUV drove east on Northampton Street.

The resident was not injured and nothing was taken.

The teen said the man was wearing a black beanie-style hat and a puffy black winter jacket. He is described as a white male in his late 20s or 30s, standing about 6 feet tall with a thin build and no facial hair.

Police said the incident is a "very active investigation" and asks that anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact police immediately at 610-759-2200.

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