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HPD Seeks Public's Help to Locate Police Impersonator

February 17, 2006 -- Houston Police Department Major Offenders Division investigators are asking for the public's help in locating an individual wanted for impersonating a public servant.

The suspect, Weylin Dawson Spradley (w/m, DOB 9-9-80), is not in custody. He is charged in Harris County Criminal Court #2. A photo of the suspect and drawings resembling the vehicle he is driving are attached to this news release.

Major Offenders Division Sergeant Brian Carr reported:

Spradley took his 2003 white Chevrolet Impala with Texas license plates 653HSD to a professional graphics company on November 28th, 2005, and had it fitted with graphics and emblems that would lead an ordinary person to believe that his car is an official government vehicle. The graphics company filed a police report when the check Spradley used to pay for the work was returned unpaid.

"We are concerned because the suspect may be using the vehicle to commit crimes pretending to be a police officer," said Sergeant Carr. "He was wearing an official looking uniform with shoulder patches on the day he had his car customized," he added. Spradley has also been previously convicted of impersonating a public servant and is on parole.

Any person who might recognize the suspect's vehicle, has had contact with the suspect, or knows his whereabouts is urged to contact the Houston Police Department's Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.