CPS Energy warns of impostor employee

Police: Impostor planned to assault woman

SAN ANTONIO - CPS Energy and the San Antonio Police Department are warning customers of a man posing as a utility company employee after he entered a home to possibly assault a woman.

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The incident happened in the west side service area Sunday around 4:30 p.m.

The 22-year-old female victim told police the man, who was wearing clothing similar to CPS Energy employees, told her he was there to trim trees for power lines and needed to get inside her home.

"As he gained entry to the house, he forced her to a bedroom," said San Antonio police Officer Matthew Porter. "We believe his intention was to assault the victim."

Porter said a noise in the home scared the suspect away before anything happened and he fled in an unmarked, full-sized white pickup truck.

He's described as a white or Hispanic male between the ages of 20 and 25. Porter said the suspect is described as being approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds and of medium build.

CPS Energy spokesperson Lisa Lewis said on Monday that employees never have to enter a customer's home unless a customer has called the utility company requesting them to enter.

"We do not ask customers to come outside their homes and we do not ask them to walk through their home in order to gain access to the rear of their home," said Lewis.

Earlier this year, two men posing as CPS Energy employees worked together to rob a woman of $15,000.

One lured her to her backyard while the other entered her home and took the money from a safe.

A variety of thieves and scam artists have misrepresented themselves as CPS Energy employees.

"We've had a lot of incidents with people trying to collect money from customers or to say that they were there to collect payment from an account," said Lewis, adding that employees wear logoed shirts and drive in marked CPS Energy vehicles.

Employees should also have badges with their name and ID numbers.

Customers can verify that a person is employed with CPS Energy by calling their security hotline 210-353-4000. That number monitored 'round the clock.


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