Investigators are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who used a fake badge to present himself as a police officer to a woman he later sexually assaulted, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

A woman was walking along Monterey Road about 2:30 a.m. the morning of Feb. 1 when she accepted a ride from a man driving a white 1990s-model Dodge Durango, the Sheriff's Office said.

The driver identified himself as a police officer and flashed a blue-and-gold "shield type badge," then threatened to arrest the woman if she did not obey him. He then drove her to an unspecified parking lot and sexually assaulted her.

The man depicted in this police sketch is suspected of using a fake badge to impersonate a police officer to a woman he sexually assaulted after picking
The man depicted in this police sketch is suspected of using a fake badge to impersonate a police officer to a woman he sexually assaulted after picking her up on Monterey Road in San Jose on Feb. 1, 2014.

The Sheriff's Office released a sketch of theman, describing him as a Latino in his late 30s to early 40s, between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-6, between 140 and 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, with a muscular build and bowl-style haircut.

Also released was a surveillance image of the attacker's SUV, which the victim said contained a black jacket with the word "SECURITY" emblazoned across the back.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact sheriff's investigators at 408-808-4500 or leave an anonymous tip at 408-808-4431.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.