October 17, 2012

CHP look-alike confronts Livingston couple

A man wearing a California Highway Patrol uniform, along with four other suspects, attacked a Livingston couple Wednesday morning, according to Merced County sheriff's deputy Tom MacKenzie.

A 26-year-old Livingston woman suffered minor injuries after being struck with a bat in front of her home in the 14000 block of Magnolia Avenue.

According to MacKenzie, the woman and her boyfriend were awakened by a knock on the door about 2 a.m. The woman opened the door and was confronted by a black man man dressed in a CHP uniform, Mac-Kenzie said.

The victim reported seeing three other black men and one Latino man wearing dark colored clothes and blue beanies outside the house

The victim asked to see identification from the suspect wearing the CHP uniform, but he flipped his wallet open and closed it before she could see anything. None of the other suspects were wearing law enforcement uniforms.

The woman attempted to run back inside the house but was struck in the back with a metal baseball bat. According to MacKenzie, the woman's boyfriend confronted the group while telling her to flee.

The victim ran back to the house, screaming for help from a relative inside. The suspects jumped into a car parked out of sight and fled the scene, MacKenzie said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Sheriff's Department at (209) 385-7472.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or

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