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PCSP Woman pretends to be man is charged with identity deception

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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.

According to 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.

An officer 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.

“The subject 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 call 911.”

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.”

The subject 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.

Atwood was charged with identity deception and transported to Porter County Jail.




Posted 9/11/2012