Face tattoo, misspelling help deputy find suspect

TRAVERSE CITY — A false name and collapsing porch didn’t stop a Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputy from arresting a fleeing suspect.

A Traverse City man who lied about his identity to authorities faces four charges in 86th District Court. The man ran, leading one officer across a slippery porch outside a mobile home after deputies tracked him down. The deputy slipped and fell on a “slippery green substance.” The wooden porch collapsed in the process and the deputy fell 3 to 4 feet, a police report states.

The man who was eventually identified as Diondre Maurice King, 19, first caught the attention of authorities when he was accused of shoplifting items from Walmart on Oct. 24, according to a police report. He gave deputies a false identity during the investigation and claimed he was 16.

King was charged Thursday with attempting to resist a police officer, second-degree retail fraud, assault, and lying to a peace officer, all misdemeanors with penalties ranging from 93 days to one year in jail.

King seemed unimpressed by the incident, according to the police report.

“This is just a county bid, I’ll be out by the end of the week,” he told deputies while he was taken to Grand Traverse County’s jail, the report states.

The report outlines events leading up to King’s arrest: A Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputy arrived at Walmart to find a loss prevention employee wrestling with King on the ground. King gave the deputy someone else’s name and said he was 16. His false identity was confirmed by his uncle, who signed a petition taking custody of the younger man.

The incident didn’t sit right with the deputy, who decided to dig a little deeper. King spelled his false middle name incorrectly and gave the wrong date of birth, according to the report. The deputy searched the boy on Facebook and discovered the name King gave him didn’t match the face of the real person.

King’s face tattoos helped the deputy track down his Facebook profile and through it his real name.


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