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Victim describes being targeted by officer impersonators

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The victim told police he thought he was being stopped by MPD officers on the 2900 block of Spottswood Avenue. The victim told police he thought he was being stopped by MPD officers on the 2900 block of Spottswood Avenue.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department is searching for two men they say impersonated police officers in Orange Mound Wednesday night.

The victim told police he thought he was being stopped by MPD officers on the 2900 block of Spottswood Avenue. The people who stopped him had no lights or sirens, no police radio, but still, the victim did everything asked of him.

"He said I looked suspicious," said the victim, who wanted to remain anonymous.

He said he was walking home Wednesday night when two men pulled up next to him.

"It was a just a regular Charger," he said describing the car. "But when I was walking, the guy was like, 'Hey, come here.'"

At first the victim ignored them, until one man got out of the car.

"They ain't even dressed real like cops, they just had a black cop shirt on with a gun holster and some hand cuffs," said the victim.

But the victim says, at the time, they look real enough ... so he did what they asked.

The man first searched the victim for weapons and drugs. He found only a wallet and cell phone.

"So he put my money on the back of the car and he put the phone on there. He proceed to finish searching me, his partner came," he continued.

The victim had $83 on him. It was money the two men who stopped him accused him of using for drugs.

"He said, 'You wanna go to jail? Or you wanna go home?'" the victim recalled.

That is when the victim realized the men were not police officers, but by then, it was too late.

"They got in the car, drove off, took my stuff," he said. "It could have been worse than what it was, you know what I'm saying."

Police are still searching for the suspects. MPD also wants to encourage drivers being pulled over to do so in a well lit, public location.

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