A man pretending to be a Sheriff's deputy in the Renton area fled after he ran into a real deputy Friday, the King County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.
The man allegedly questioned residents at an apartment complex shortly after 10 p.m. in the 14600 block of Southeast 176th Street about a person he said was an auto theft suspect.
Residents said the imposter wore a navy t-shirt with the label "SHERIFF," had a holstered revolver, walkie talkie-like radio and a knife in his pocket, the Sheriff's Office said.
The residents called 911 to report they thought the man may be impersonating a deputy.
A deputy arrived and called out to the man, who ran behind a fence, and is believed to have fled in a nearby vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said.
The alleged impersonator is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, 5 foot 8, 180 pounds, with dark brown hair and olive skin, the Sheriff's Office said.
Anyone with information is asked to call (206) 296-3311.