Fake Firefighter Arrested

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman while posing as a firefighter is scheduled to appear in a Tennessee courtroom today.

Peter Braunstein will be arraigned in Memphis, then face extradition to New York.

Authorities say a man posing as a firefighter responded to a blaze in Manhattan on Halloween. The man barged into a woman's apartment, knocked her out with a chemical-soaked rag and molested her over several hours.

A woman who recognized Braunstein from television reports called police on Friday, leading to his capture on the campus of the University of Memphis. Police say he stabbed himself several times in the neck and spent two days in the hospital.

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