New Castle Man Arrested Following Counterfeit Bill Incident at Bob Evans

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NEWARK, DE — Delaware State Police have arrested a man following an incident involving counterfeit currency at a Bob Evans restaurant in Newark, Delaware.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Marquis Walker of New Castle, was apprehended on Sunday afternoon, January 7, 2024, after an altercation with restaurant staff over payment with a counterfeit $100 bill.

According to police reports, troopers responded to the Bob Evans located at 404 Eagle Run Road around 1:40 p.m., following reports of a dispute between a black male and the restaurant staff. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the argument had been sparked when employees confronted Walker about his alleged use of false currency to pay for his meal.

Walker allegedly refused to return the change he received and attempted to leave the premises with the counterfeit bill when the staff contacted the authorities. However, he eventually returned the change, retrieved the suspicious bill, and fled the scene. Troopers later located Walker in a nearby shopping center, but he reportedly resisted arrest and fled on foot toward Chapman Road. After a pursuit, Walker was taken into custody following the use of a taser.

A search of Walker revealed nine additional counterfeit $100 bills. Initially, he is said to have provided multiple false identities to the troopers. Later, a computer inquiry revealed his true identity and also indicated that he had multiple active warrants for his arrest in Delaware.

Walker was charged with a series of offenses including felony forgery, hindering prosecution, attempted theft under $1,500, criminal impersonation, and resisting arrest. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and issued a $4,000 unsecured bond for the charges. However, due to his active warrants, Walker was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $1,000 secured bond.

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In light of these allegations, it is important to remember that an arrest or a criminal complaint is not a declaration of guilt. The suspect, in this case, Walker, is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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