Ocala man jailed after giving sheriff’s deputy false name and fleeing on foot

An Ocala man is behind bars on multiple charges after he gave a Marion County sheriff’s deputy a false name and then fled from a laundromat.

A sheriff’s deputy was driving past the Ocala Express Laundry Center, at 5201 E Silver Springs Blvd., early Wednesday morning when he noticed multiple bicycles and people inside who didn’t appear to be using the facility, a sheriff’s office report states, adding that the business is a known hangout for transients and is located in a high crime area.

Lee Dennis Schieferstein was arrested Wednesday after a foot pursuit that started at the Ocala Express Laundry Center and ended at the nearby Rodeway Inn on E Silver Springs Boulevard.

The deputy spoke with two people who weren’t using the facility, including 34-year-old Lee Dennis Schieferstein, who said his name was Jonathan S. Gallagher. A computer check showed a negative result on that name and Schieferstein then fled on foot, heading west on E Silver Springs Boulevard, the report says.

The deputy pursued Schieferstein and he ran into a wooded area behind a nearby Bob Evans restaurant. Deputies and Ocala Police officers set up a perimeter around the area, a sheriff’s helicopter responded and they started searching the area. A person who wished to remain anonymous then told a deputy that Schieferstein had entered a room at the nearby Rodeway Inn, located at 5001 E Silver Springs Blvd., the report says.

Deputies responded to the motel and saw a sliding glass door partially open at Room 127. They gave verbal commands for Schieferstein to come out and he then surrendered and was taken into custody, the report says.

The manager of the motel told deputies that Schieferstein had unlawfully entered the room without paying the $88.79 nightly fee and he wanted to pursue charges against him for burglary and defrauding an innkeeper.

Schieferstein told deputies that he ran from them because he thought he had an active warrant for failure to pay child support. A computer check revealed no active warrants and Schieferstein was then transported to AdventHealth Ocala after complaining of chest pains from falling off an 8-foot-high fence during the foot pursuit, the report says.

Upon medical clearance, Schieferstein was taken to the Marion County Jail and charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure, resisting an officer without violence, giving false identification to a law enforcement officer and defrauding an innkeeper. He was held on $8,000 bond and his next court date hasn’t yet been set.