Two arrested after attempting to give police false names


Two separate attempts to deceive officers with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department on Monday did not go as planned, police report.

The first incident involved Officer Ian McPherson and Sgt. Mike Mowery, who were sent to a Sand Creek Township residence in reference to a man possibly sleeping in a detached garage of the property owner, Chief Deputy Dave Turner said in a news release.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with the man, who identified himself as a person who was later discovered to not only be wanted by law enforcement but also was currently incarcerated in another county jail, Turner said.

The man quickly denied he was the same person, Turner said.

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During the investigation, McPherson was able to determine the man was actually Jesse C. Scott, 33, of Deputy, police said.

Records indicated Scott was wanted out of Bartholomew County for a probation violation.

He was then arrested for the outstanding warrant and false informing.

Scott told officers he couldn’t believe the fake name he provided to law enforcement was wanted and already incarcerated, Turner said.

Later on the same day during an investigation, Officer Kyle Lee encountered a man who also provided a false name. During the investigation, it was discovered the man was Tommy E. Redkey III, 28, of North Vernon and not the man he identified himself as, Turner said.

Redkey said he provided a false name to Lee because he thought he was wanted on a warrant, Turner said. Redkey quickly learned he was not wanted on a warrant but was then arrested for false informing, Turner said.

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