RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) - A woman said she thought she was being arrested when a man claiming to be an undercover officer got her into his car, then he raped her. Turns out, the man was an imposter.
David M. Hubbard, 40, was arrested for the crime, but managed to come up with a $250,000 cash bond to get out of jail fast.
Ruidoso police said it was late Saturday night when a 55-year-old woman and her male friend were walking her dogs around the Sierra Blanca Lodge.
Later, when they were sitting in their vehicle, they noticed a man watching them. "A car pulled up, and it appeared that he was taking photographs, and then he told the individuals that he was an undercover cop," said Detective Arthur Nelson, of the Ruidoso Police Department.
Nelson said the man, detectives identify as Hubbard, confronted the two and asked the man to stay in the car. According to court documents, he then made a phone call, and the victim's assumed he was running their plates.
Police said he did not show a badge or a weapon, but kept referring to himself as a police officer. That's when he ordered the woman to put her hands up and get in his car.
The victim told police, based on the way the man was talking to her when he approached her, she believed he was an officer. After she got in, she said he drove her to a parking lot near the Ruidoso Convention Center and held her against her will.
The woman said Hubbard made threats, then raped her. At one point, she was able to get away and ran inside a nearby lodge to call for help.
Police said the woman and her friend were able to identify Hubbard as the suspect in a photo lineup.
Hubbard turned himself into police Wednesday after a warrant was issued.
Nelson warned others to be aware of how real police officers conduct business. "If an officer identifies himself as a police officer and he's in plain clothes, you can ask him for his credentials or a badge," explained Nelson. "If he says no, then I'm not going to believe him."
Hubbard was able to post his bond shortly after being booked on the warrant. He's charged with kidnapping, rape, false imprisonment, and impersonating a police officer.
Police said Hubbard told them he was in town for a family reunion from Colorado, but had Texas plates. Investigators said he was staying at a lodge not far from the crime scene.
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