Man arrested after giving officers fake name while wearing lanyard with his real name

Authorities arrested a man in Nebraska on suspicion of false reporting after he tried giving police a fake name despite wearing a lanyard with his real name on it.

Around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lincoln police responded to reports of a domestic assault at a home. Before officers headed to the scene, they were made aware they would be contacting a 26-year-old suspect named Markel Towner who had two arrest warrants.

When officers arrived they found a man matching Towner’s description sitting in a vehicle outside of the home. An officer approached the man, asking for his name.

The man allegedly told officers his name was Deangelo Towns, but the officers said they saw a lanyard around the man’s neck with the name Markel Towner.

When the officer told Towner that he was under arrest, a struggle ensued and Towner began yelling, according to police. Authorities ended up on the ground fighting with Towner, who police said then grabbed an officer’s utility belt.

During the struggle, friends and family also came out of the home and attempted to intervene, authorities said.

Authorities said Towner was eventually taken into custody without any injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, obstructing a government operation, false reporting, child neglect and third-degree domestic assault.