Woman arrested after telling cops she was a man

2012-09-11T16:15:00Z 2012-09-12T00:01:07Z Woman arrested after telling cops she was a manTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 11, 2012 4:15 pm  • 

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A person who claimed to be a victim of a carjacking was arrested after authorities realized the individual who gave them the name Deandre Edwards was actually a woman named Davanise Atwood.

Atwood, 21, of Chicago, was arrested on a charge of identity deception and an outstanding warrant out of Whiting.

Shortly after midnight Tuesday, authorities were called to a home on Shakespeare Drive after a caller said a man wearing a jumpsuit rang their doorbell and then left.

A previous caller told police a man wearing a jumpsuit asked for a ride to a gas station after friends kicked him out of a car.

Investigators found Atwood along Meridian Road, just north of U.S. 6.

Atwood identified herself with a man's name and told authorities "he" had been to a woman’s home in Indiana, then after visiting the woman, he went back to his car and was met by a gunman described as "black dude with dreadlocks and tattoos on his face."

Atwood went on to describe the carjacking as a one-hour drive from the woman's home in Indiana to Porter County, but could not provide any more details about that home.

Atwood also could not give any further information about the carjacking. Atwood was asking for a ride to a gas station, but investigators noted Atwood was carrying a cellphone and it wasn't used.

After giving authorities a false name, investigators said Atwood voluntarily was showing tattoos and they asked if "he" had any on is back.

Atwood lifted "his" shirt partially, according to police, and displayed a brassiere.

After more questioning, Atwood ultimately disclosed she was a woman and gave a different name. Police said that name was an alias, and they later learned her real name.

Officials said she was wanted on a warrant out of Lake County for failure to appear in court on charges of failure to identify, resisting law enforcement and trespassing.

She also faces a Porter County charge of identity deception.

Investigators said she has previously been charged with burglary, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, theft along with aggravated armed robbery.

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