Alert officer finds wanted man

September 23, 2018

NORFOLK — A man who drew the suspicion of a police officer early Friday morning ended up getting arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Capt. Mike Bauer of the Norfolk Police Division said an officer saw a man Friday at about 3:20 a.m. walking quickly through the parking lot of Casey’s General Store, 1020 S. 13th St.

The man was wearing a black hoody, had the hood on his head and pulled tightly. He entered the store and avoided eye contact with the officer, Bauer said.

The officer waited outside the business for about 10 minutes and saw customers come and go without seeing the individual in the store. The officer then entered the store and found that the men’s bathroom was locked, Bauer said.

The officer returned outside. Another 10 minutes passed and the man exited the store, reportedly saw the officer and retreated inside.

Finally, the man exited the store with another customer and got into a vehicle that was parked at the gas pumps, Bauer said.

The officer approached the man and asked for identification. The man verbally identified himself, providing a wrong date of birth for the name he used, did not know his Social Security number and refused to show officers any tattoos, Bauer said.

Police then confronted him about actually being Jeremy D. Dewitt, 39, homeless.

Dewitt had an active Madison County arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Dewitt was arrested on the warrant and for criminal impersonation.

He was housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.

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