Fake Undercover Police Officer: Identified!
In a harrowing incident that spanned multiple states, a man impersonating an undercover police officer abducted a woman in Seattle and transported her hundreds of miles to his Oregon home.
There, the fake undercover police officer imprisoned her in a cinder block cell, subjecting her to a terrifying ordeal of violence and assault. However, the victim’s incredible bravery and resourcefulness eventually led to her escape, sparking a manhunt by the FBI as they investigated the possibility of more victims.
The fake undercover police officer, identified as Negasi Zuberi, a 29-year-old man with a history of living in at least ten different states, now faces a federal interstate kidnapping charge. Authorities have linked the undercover police officer to violent sexual assaults in multiple states, raising concerns about other potential victims. (Read reference article: Washington Times)
The daring escape occurred when the victim of the fake undercover police officer managed to break free from the cinder block cell in his home, despite suffering severe injuries to her hands in the process. She quickly flagged down a passing motorist, who promptly called 911, leading to the arrest of the fake undercover police officer during a standoff with law enforcement in a Walmart parking lot in Reno, Nevada.
Fake Undercover Police Officer Lured The Victim From Seattle
Authorities reveal that Zuberi, the fake undercover police officer lured the victim from Seattle under the pretense of engaging in prostitution services. He claimed to be an undercover police officer, using a Taser to force her into his car and subsequently handcuffed her, all while brandishing a firearm. After hours of driving, the fake undercover police officer brought the terrified woman to his home, where he had constructed the cinder block cell in his garage.
Inside the cell, the victim endured unimaginable terror as she fought for her life, desperately pounding on the cell’s walls and door with her bloodied hands. Her incredible determination and will to survive eventually led to her rescue and the arrest of the fake undercover police officer.
The discovery of the makeshift cinder block cell in the garage of the fake undercover police officer shocked law enforcement. They found drawings, notes, and a firearm box matching the description of the gun that the victim had taken from Zuberi’s car during her escape.
FBI officials believe that Zuberi, the fake undercover police officer may have committed similar heinous acts in other states and are now urging potential victims to come forward. They are diligently investigating any potential connections between Zuberi and other unsolved cases involving sexual assault and kidnapping. (See reference here: CBS News)
Stephanie Shark, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Portland field office, lauded the victim’s courage and determination, stating that her actions triggered a prompt law enforcement response, potentially saving other women from enduring similar nightmares.
As the investigation continues, law enforcement agencies remain vigilant in their efforts to ensure the safety of the public and bring those responsible for such heinous crimes to justice.