Two Tampa Bay women are facing charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer after police say they stopped a car pretending to be Sarasota officers. Detectives believe 28-year-oldJymieka McDowell, of Sarasota, and 39-year-oldRyshawnna Poole, of Manatee County, have done this before and are now asking any other potential victims to come forward.
Officers responding to a suspicious incident call found a car attempting to stop another vehicle. According to police, the car had red and blue lights in the windshield and a siren. Police say the women even live-streamed the fake traffic stop on Facebook. In the video, SPD said McDowell and Poole were claiming to be law enforcement officers, made threatening and derogatory statements to the driver and passengers of a car they had stopped.
Both women were arrested and SPD officers are asking if anyone has information on this case or were stopped by these women to call the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.