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Fugitive Used “I Don’t Live Here” Sign to Evade Police

When the police went to the home of a wanted man in central Florida, they found a sign on the porch stating that the suspect “does NOT live here!”

On the afternoon of October 14, deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence in Lakeland where a man wanted for several charges was living. When they approached the door, the authorities were greeted by a whiteboard sign with the suspect’s name followed by “does NOT live here.”

Ignoring the message, the officers remained at the address when someone exited the front door. They asked if they knew where the suspect was, and they said he was inside with a few people.

Several deputies established a perimeter, and the authorities tried to get the man to come outside by using bullhorns to call his name.

According to reports, no one exited the dwelling, so the deputies used “surrender smoke” to try to flush them out. Four individuals came out, but the suspect was not with them.

Deputies and a K9 officer went into the home to search for the man. He did not seem to be out in the open, but the K9 detected something in a chest of drawers. The suspect was found inside.

The man was taken into custody and booked into the Polk County Jail. He is facing several preliminary charges, including one count each of tampering with physical evidence, resisting an officer (without violence), aggravated battery causing bodily harm, false imprisonment, tampering in second-degree felony proceeding, and two counts each of possession of drug paraphernalia, and trafficking methamphetamine.

According to jail records, he was released on bail on October 20.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a criminal offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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