Vancouver police: Man impersonating cop tries to kidnap woman

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say they're searching for a man who impersonated a police officer and handcuffed a woman he was trying to kidnap in southwestern Washington.

Vancouver police said in a news release that the woman's friend was driving her to meet someone Sunday night when a vehicle with flashing lights approached them from behind.

Police say they stopped, believing it was a police officer, and a man wearing what appeared to be a police uniform approached the vehicle.

Police say the man pulled the woman out, handcuffed her and put her in his vehicle. Police say the victim realized it wasn't an officer and fled on foot.

The suspect also fled. He's described as in his 30s, about 5-foot-8 with a medium build and no facial hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vancouver Police at (360) 487-7399.