Bryan police arrested a Houston man Thursday after he reportedly attempted to commit identity theft at a local car dealership.
According to reports, Esquonique Rashad Kelly, 39, had provided the dealership a fictitious name and incorrect identifying information when attempting to purchase a vehicle. and three separate banks contacted the dealership to report the potential fraud.
When an officer arrived, Kelly showed them a fake identification card and then fled on foot along the Texas 6 frontage road, officials reported.
The officer chased Kelly on foot until a vehicle leaving a different car dealership picked up the officer and transported him to a medical clinic that the officer reported Kelly had entered.
Police said that Kelly barricaded himself inside a women’s restroom but surrendered soon after with minor injuries.
When officials inspected the restroom, they reported that Kelly had destroyed multiple electronic devices, and his backpack contained sensitive information used in the attempted fraud.
In Thursday’s incident, Kelly fraudulently spent $1,000 on a credit card and attempted to purchase a vehicle worth $75,495 using another person’s identity, police said.
Kelly was arrested and charged with evading arrest with a previous conviction, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine; credit card fraud, a state jail felony; failure to identify with false information, a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine; fraudulent possession and use of identifying information, a third degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine; using a false statement to obtain credit, a third degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third degree felony.
Late Friday, Kelly remained in the Brazos County Jail on a $36,000 bond.
Officials say the investigation is still ongoing.