Man allegedly impersonates police officer to rape woman and steal in Minto

A man remains in custody after he allegedly detained and raped a woman while impersonating a police officer in Minto last week.

Luke Snowden, 23, faced nine charges on Saturday at Parramatta Bail Court.

These included a host of sexual assault and theft charges relating to incidents allegedly committed in the early hours of Friday morning at Minto.

Police allege Mr Snowden contacted two adult services agencies in the Minto area, telling two women that he was a police officer.

Mr Snowden allegedly sexually assaulted a 45-year-old woman at about 2am after the pair met on Hansens Road in Minto.

At another location, Mr Snowden also allegedly stole personal property from a woman.

He allegedly told her that he was a police officer so he could take phones, an iPad and a driver’s licence.

Police arrested Mr Snowden at a Minto business on Friday at 11am.

He was charged with aggravated sexual assault involving deprivation of liberty, stealing, two counts of impersonating a police officer and exercising their powers, and indecent assault.

Mr Snowden’s lawyer asked for bail for his client on Saturday, but the request was denied by Magistrate George Zdenkowski.

The matter was adjourned to Campbelltown Local Court on May 2.

Source: SMH

- Sarah Muller, with AAP