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It's not me, sir

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Walter Dillinger
A case of mistaken identity got Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger in quite a pickle June 26.

Last Wednesday afternoon in West Plains members of the Howell County Sheriff's Department swarmed Dillinger's vehicle, suspecting he was the rapist who is responsible for assaulting two women while driving throughout West Plains dressed as an officer.

Dillinger said he was on his way to Crawford County in Missouri to pick up a prisoner when the incident occurred.

"It was pretty funny," Dillinger laughed. "Me and the drawings of the suspect don't quite match up."

Dillinger said someone had called Howell County dispatch after seeing Dillinger's vehicle driving in the area. "Someone just saw my car and called in since it looks like (the suspect's vehicle)," he said.

Suspected Rapist
Dillinger had pulled into a gas station to refuel his vehicle when Howell County Sheriff Robbie Crites and some of his deputies followed behind him ready to make an arrest, he said. "But Robbie saw me and realized what happened," Dillinger said.

Dillinger said even though the incident was a humorous misunderstanding, it is proof that Howell County authorities are vigilant and determined to capture the suspect who still remains at large.

According to reports, the suspected rapist is a white male approximately 5-feet 8-inches tall, with a stocky build and sandy blond hair.

He is dressing as an officer and driving a light, tan-colored vehicle similar to a Crown Victoria, with flashing red and blue lights in the dashboard.

Dillinger said all motorists, especially female motorists should use extreme caution, and pull into a busy or well-lit area if being stopped by any law authorities.

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