A Chicago woman was arrested early this morning on a charge of identity
deception after she told officers responding to a suspicious-person report
in Liberty Township that she is a man who had just been carjacked “somewhere
in Indiana,” the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
police, at 12:03 a.m. officers were dispatched to the area of Meridian Road
and C.R. 900N after several complaints were made of a male subject’s
knocking on doors and requesting a ride to a gas station. The subject was
described as wearing a black jumpsuit.
subsequently located a person matching that description on Meridian Road
north of U.S. Highway 6 and made contact with the subject, who gave the name
of Deandre Edwards and advised that he had been carjacked, at an unknown
location in Indiana, by a “black dude with dreadlocks and tattoos on his
face with a gun” and then after an hour-long drive “kicked” out of the car
at Meridian Road and C.R. 900N.
advised that he knocked on various doors in the area in hopes of getting a
ride to a gas station so that he could phone for a ride back to Chicago,”
police said. “The subject was carrying a cellular phone but neglected to
As officers were
questioning the subject “about the outrageously improbable story”—as the
investigating officer put it in his report—they asked the person whether he
had any identifying tattoos. “The subject voluntarily began showing us
various tattoos up and down his arms,” police said. “When asked if he had
any tattoos on his neck or back, the subject lifted his shirt partially,
inadvertently displaying a brassiere.”
initially “continued to profess to be a male,” then admitted being a woman
and identified herself as Dekita Edwards, police said. A computer check
subsequently listed that name as an alias for one Davanise Atwood, 21,
wanted on a warrant issued through Illinois and charging her with failure to
appear on charges of failure to identify, resisting law enforcement, and
trespass, police said.
charged with identity deception and transported to Porter County Jail.