Police: Man arrested in bar fight faked identity

2013-04-04T20:00:00Z 2013-04-05T08:08:45Z Police: Man arrested in bar fight faked identityJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A Center Township man is facing a slew of additional charges after police learned he lied to them about his identity following his arrest early Wednesday.

Trenton Wilson, 20, 153 Woodside Lane, is facing charges of identity deception, minor consumption, two counts of minor in a tavern and false informing, in addition to an original battery charge.

When Wilson was arrested early Wednesday after allegedly battering a man at Boomers, 2522 Portage Mall, he told police his name was Jeremy Macon, of Hammond, and produced identification with Macon's name.

The arrest was reported in The Times online Wednesday.

That, said the real Jeremy Macon, who now lives in Cleveland, Ohio, prompted several telephone calls to him from friends and family asking what had happened.

Macon, 24, called The Times and Portage police Wednesday evening to inform them of the identity deception. The Times removed the story from its website until police could investigate further.

Police confirmed Macon's identity Thursday morning and identified Wilson, who was also wanted on an outstanding warrant, as the man arrested Wednesday.

"I lost my wallet a few years ago," Macon said Thursday, adding that while he had his identification cards replaced, apparently the originals fell into Wilson's hands.

Macon said he previously worked with Wilson, whom he described as a "nice kid."

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