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Tattoo identifies man who gave fake name

April 8, 2012 at 1:49 PM   |   Comments

TWIN FALLS, Idaho, April 8 (UPI) -- An Idaho man was arrested after police discovered he had lied about his identity when they saw a tattoo of his real name on his arm, police said.

Dylan Edward Contreras, 19, was arrested for providing false information about his identity to police early Saturday, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho, reported.

A police officer, whose name was not reported, said he was patrolling Twin Falls when he saw three men and a dog walking in the street. The officer said he told the men to move to the sidewalk.

The officer said the man with the dog looked like he may have been a runaway, so he asked the three men to provide identification.

One of the men identified himself verbally as Emiliano Velesco, but the identification he handed over did not match that name. The officer said he noticed a tattoo of the name "CONTRERAS" on the man's left forearm, so he requested that dispatch search that name with the birth date the man had provided.

Dispatch told the officer that Contreras may have a possible warrant out for his arrest. Dispatch personnel then printed a photo of the man and sent it to the officer.

"I showed the photo to Mr. Contreras and he became upset, knowing that he had been identified," the officer wrote in a police report.

Contreras was arrested on three warrants out of Jerome County, all of which were for failing to appear in court for charges of providing false information and underage drinking.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 15.

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