Did a police imposter pull over Toni Anderson?

Toni Anderson
Toni Anderson

It has been over two weeks since Toni Anderson was last seen at a gas station in Kansas City, shortly after being pulled over by a police officer for an illegal lane change.   The last time she used her phone was to send a text message to a friend which said she was being pulled over “again.”   There has been a lot of speculation since she went missing, and some of that speculation has to do with the word “again” used in her text message.  Many have stated that the word again only meant she was pulled over often, others feel she was pulled over twice that night.  Now with a reported incident over the weekend of another woman being pulled over by a man impersonating a police officer, you can’t help but wonder if “again” actually did mean she was being pulled over twice that night.

Read more here: Toni Anderson missing from Kansas City after getting gas

Although there has been discrepancy with the timeline for Toni, I believe this is the most recent.  It shows her being pulled over at 4:20-4:25 (two different times I have read the police have stated).  The stop was about 7 minutes long, per FOX4KC.  Video that FOX4KC obtained from a business across the street shows Toni arriving at the gas station and also leaving.  The time she left was stated to be at 4:40 and two minutes later she sends a text.  I thought at the time that it was strange that she would wait until she was pulling out of the gas station to send a text, but with this ever-changing time line I thought that maybe she was actually sitting at the gas station and sent the text and then pulled out.  Or maybe even exiting the station and then pulled over to send a quick text message.

4:15 a.m. – Left work.

4:20 a.m. – Pulled over by North KC police for illegal lane change.

4:33 a.m. – Bank records show a declined transaction at an unknown QuikTrip.

4:40 a.m. –  Anderson left the gas station.

4:42 a.m. – Anderson sent text.

4:53 a.m. – Anderson received incoming text from unidentified number, and she did not respond

I began to wonder if people impersonating police officers in Kansas City was a random thing.  I did some research on incidences involving people being pulled over by imposter or suspected imposter police and this is what I found:

  1.  Fox4KC is reported the police have stated that a woman called 911 Saturday, January 28, 2017 around 3:15 a.m. to report a suspicious vehicle trying to pull her over along 71-Highway.   She stated that after she pulled over the man came running towards her car.  She was able to video tape part of what occurred and also was able to get the 911 dispatcher on the line as she was trying to evade the man.  The 911 operator told her to come to the police station, but her attempt to do so was literally blocked when the man pulled his car in front of the exit ramp at 75th Street and 71-Highway and attempted to stop her again, she told police.

Before the media reported on the incident the woman posted on social media about the police imposter attempting to pull her over.  Since then, the woman has pulled down her post on social media, as she was afraid after her post was getting so much attention.  She asked the media to keep her name anonymous, but she still wanted to get the word out to the public, and is relying on the media to do that.

2.  On Jan. 16, 2017 a post on the Independence Missouri Community Awareness Facebook page reads:


3.   Adam Schenk, 23, a 911 operator, using his car that looked like a police car, tried to pull over a teen girl, back in August 2016.  The incident happened along Maplewoods Parkway near Missouri 152 Highway reports Fox4KC .  The court documents state that Schenk drove up beside her in his Ford Crown Victoria and cut her off, trying to pull her over.  The teen said she “thought” he had activated a siren and flashing lights.   The teen took photos of Schenk’s car that ran a red light to get away.  The girl told police Schenk drove up beside her in his Ford Crown Victoria and cut her off in an attempt to pull her over –even activating what she thought was a police siren and flashing light in his rear window.

“FOX 4 also found several videos on Schenk’s personal YouTube page, including a compilation showing dashboard video he shot labeled, “Bad drivers of Kansas City,” as well as video of a flashing “Smith and Wesson light bar,” similar to those seen on police cars.”

4.  KSHB News reported in July of 2016 that the Kansas City police arrested Willie Zimmerli, 51 of Mission, Kansas for impersonating a police officer after he tried to pull a man over on I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City.  Zimmerli used a small, flashing red light on his silver Ford Crown Victoria.

5.  In April 2016, a female driver told police she was pulled over by a man in a gray Chevrolet or GMC truck with red and blue lights under the grill, on 169 Highway south of Main Street in Smithville, reports KSNB News.    The man was believed to not be a police officer and the woman described him as a white male, 50 to 60 years old with medium build and salt and pepper hair and a full beard.

6.  On October 19, 2015, a man was pulled over near West 26th Street and Burlington Avenue around 9:30 p.m., reports WTVM. The vehicle was a dark SUV with overhead emergency lights.  The man said he was a North Kansas City police officer and ordered the man out of the car.  The man did not think the man was an actual police officer as the SUV was unmarked.  When the man called the police he found out that no officers had pulled anyone her at that intersection that night.  The man was described as a white or Hispanic man and about 5’10” tall with dark hair. He was wearing dark pants with a strip running down them, a dark uniform shirt which police think he could have bought at a police supply store.

7.  On August 4, 2015, the Kansas City News reports  a Northeast Kansas woman driving down Highway 24 when she saw flashing lights in her rear view mirror and she pulled over between Manhattan and Wamego.  The car was black and unmarked but had flashing lights.  The man was described as  5’6 to 6 foot tall, 35 to 40 years old, white male, clean-shaven and wearing a black baseball cap, dress pants, a blue polo shirt with a clip on name tag and tinted sunglasses.  He searched the woman’s car and then let her go.

On June 11, 2015, a Kansas City Police cruiser ended up not making it to the junk yard, and ended up in the hands of man who has been seen joy riding  and flashing the lights around town, reports Fox4KC news.  The car is a blue 2003 Ford Crown Victoria marked with the number 447.

Out of the immediate area of Kansas City is this case from St. Louis.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports  that in Dec. 2016, Nicolas Keeton, 20, was arrested when he pulled over a man and told him he was a police officer.  Keaton  was driving a Chevrolet Impala with flashing lights and a siren and pulled over a vehicle with a man driving.  The man who was pulled over knew immediately that Keeton was not a police officer because he was a police officer himself–off-duty in his own car.

The above stories may or may not reflect an accurate account of how often these type of incidences happen.  You have to keep in mind that some of these stories are not substantiated, which would have only came if someone was arrested.  You also have to keep in mind that some times people will blow up an incident and maybe even innocently fill in details.  It happens in all types of encounters, but you also have to keep in mind there may be many more of these incidences that have never been reported to the police.  Some people may not have realized the person was not an officer.  Or they may have reported it, but the information never made it outside the police department.

Whether Toni was pulled over again is still debatable.  If she was and there is no record of it, then we would have to assume it was a police imposter.  But we also have to consider the fact that there doesn’t seem to be anyone coming forward that remembers flashing lights or anyone being pulled over in the immediate area of the QuikTrip.   Does that mean that something happened to Toni long after she left the QuikTrip?

The Kansas City Police have investigated this case and have spoken with many of her friends and reached the conclusion there is no foul play, although did state her disappearance is concerning.  Bottom line, what the police  know, they do not have to tell the public.

The many cases of police imposter incidents I posted came from the media and even social media, first, not the police department.  It could be that after the arrest of  Schenk, the police felt the police imposter was found.  But, now after two recent incidences have both been reported to the police, they may find there is another person traveling through the city pretending to be a cop.  If so, a public announcement may be in order, and a closer look at Toni’s case may be warranted.

Every police department handles cases differently and where in another city the police would be very transparent, the Kansas City Police have decided to keep what they know quiet.  Making it even harder to accept the departments conclusion that Toni left on her own free will.

 

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1 Comment

  1. About Toni Anderson! I can feel that text-messages was not sent by her! There is a person claiming to be a police-officer, but he is not!!! I can see that this girl, Toni, was outside her car – could be another person that drove it!!! People near by knows more! Check up a tall guy what was very found of Toni…. Big, tall guy!

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