Pro tip: If you’re going to tell police you’re someone else, make sure you use someone who doesn’t have warrants out for their arrest.
A 31-year-old Sumner man failed that, according to court documents, and faces charges of second-degree identity theft and making a false statement to police.
Here’s how this went down, according to charging papers:
A hotel in the 8800 block of South Hosmer Street got a call about 5 a.m. Sunday from a man from Ontario, Canada, saying someone fraudulently used his credit card to rent a room.
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Tacoma police came to the hotel and talked to a clerk, who said a “very old and beat-up credit card” was used for the deposit on the room, and the numbers had to be entered manually.
The name listed on the card did not match the name of the person to whom the account belonged.
When officers talked to the man in the room, he pulled out his wallet, with the other man’s ID in it. Police ran the identification and found warrants for that man’s arrest.
Then they saw the man’s blue eyes weren’t the same as the other man’s brown eyes, and that a distinctive arm tattoo wasn’t there.
“The officers confronted him with the information and he initially tried to stick with his alias, but came clean when the officer advised him they would just book him and his fingerprints would tell a different tale,” Pierce County prosecutors wrote.
The man said he knew the person whose identity he had stolen, but didn’t know where he was.
The arrested man has two warrants for his arrest from Bonney Lake, and one each from Sumner, King County District Court and King County Superior Court.