Cops: Man impersonating Clayton County deputy attacks, steals money from driver

Clayton County police said a man impersonating an officer attacked and stole money from another man in Hampton Friday night.

The unidentified suspect pulled over the alleged victim on McDonough Road near Folson Road and claimed to be a Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy, police said in a news release.

The man claiming to be an officer was driving a Chevrolet Caprice, which is neither the vehicle driven by Clayton County officers nor deputies, the release said.

The suspect told the driver there was a warrant out for his arrest and asked him to exit the vehicle, the release said. When the driver refused and asked for a supervisor, he was forcefully removed, handcuffed and struck several times by the suspect, the release said.

The suspect then conducted a search of his vehicle and personal belongings, the release said. After the driver was released and allowed to leave, he realized money had been removed from his wallet.

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The suspect was described as a stocky man with a deep voice between 35 and 40 years old. An investigation is ongoing.

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Taylor Saulters was hired as an Oglethorpe County sheriff's deputy on Monday, just one day after he was dismissed by the Athens-Clarke County Police.

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