Woman Attacked by Man Posing as Sandy Police Officer

Woman Attacked by Man Posing as Sandy Police Officer


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Jill Atwood ReportingJami Robinson: "He had me by the hair and was wailing my head from side to side, trying to knock me out by hitting me against my walls."

A Sandy woman opened her door to a man she thought was a police officer. The next thing she knew, his hands were around her throat.

Woman Attacked by Man Posing as Sandy Police Officer

Jami Robinson says the man claimed he was a Sandy Detective, and needed to ask her some questions. She says he was clean-cut, well dressed, and looked like an officer.

Robinson is convinced her attacker had been watching her house, noting her family's routine, and scoping out the neighborhood. Late last week, she says a man came to her door. He identified himself as a detective, showed a badge and said he had some questions for her.

Robinson: "’Can I see your ID before I even open my door?’ And I asked him to put it up to my glass so I could see, and he did willingly."

Robinson opened her door, turned for just a second to check on her son, and that's when he came at her from behind.

Robinson: "I got about two or three steps in and I felt a hand go around my throat. And it squeezed as tight as he could and he dragged me back down with him."

For what must have seemed like an eternity Robinson says she fought him off, kicking and screaming. She says she has no doubt he wanted to rape her. Finally, she says, he gave up and ran off.

Sandy police officers are worried and have this warning.

Michelle Burnett, Sandy Police Department: "As it is with any crime, if someone is determined it is going to happen. But the safety precautions that you take are, make sure you know who is out there before you open the door."

And just so you know, if there is someone at your door claiming to be a cop, you can call the police station and verify there is an officer at your door.

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