Sheriff's office volunteer fakes being a deputy | News
Temple Terrace, Florida -- A 22-year-old sheriff's office volunteer was arrested early Monday after he pretended to be a deputy to other local law enforcement officers.
According to reports, Temple Terrace police officers were patrolling the area near 56 St. and Bullard Pkwy around 2 a.m., when a man driving a white Ford Crown Victoria- a vehicle that resembles an unmarked patrol car- approached them.
The driver, later identified as Daniel Rangel Jr., pulled up to one of the officers and rolled down the passenger window to talk with him.
Rangel- reportedly dressed in a black polo shirt with an embroidered Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office emblem, black cargo military-style pants, a gun belt with a tactical-style thigh holster and handgun- wanted to talk to the officers about possible criminal activity in the area.
His lack of knowledge about the jurisdictional boundaries sparked suspicion for the officers.
After looking further into Rangel's background, they learned he was not really a deputy, but rather a member of the Sheriff's Office Volunteer Citizen Patrol Program and a permitted armed security officer.
Rangel was arrested and charged with impersonating a law-enforcement officer and unlawful use of police markings.