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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Man accused of giving phony name to Belleview Police officer

Joshua Isaac Dewar

An Ocala man on probation for DUI was arrested for allegedly providing a false name to a Belleview Police officer.

Joshua Isaac Dewar, 24, of 9 Oak Court Pass was one of four people detained Dec. 19 in Cobblestone Park, located at SE 42nd Terrace and SE 104th Street. The officer, who was conducting extra security in the Cobblestone gated community because of a recent rash of burglaries, saw a red car parked in the park and the four people get out of it, according to the police report.

The two men and two women told the officer they came to the park to play Pokémon on their phones. The officer asked for their identification, but nobody had theirs in their possession. Dewar said his name was John I. Certain and his birthdate was Oct. 21, 1997. He paused for several seconds before saying his last name and didn’t make eye contact. The officer asked if he had a warrant and that was why he didn’t want to give his name and Dewar said he has bad anxiety, the report said.

The officer could not find any online records for John I. Certain. When asked if he had a Florida ID card, Dewar said it was out of New York. The officer conducted a second records search that showed no record for John I. Certain in New York, according to the report.

Dewar told the officer the vehicle belonged to his aunt and provided her telephone number. Dewar’s aunt told the officer she didn’t have a nephew named John, and that her nephew’s name was Joshua Dewar. The officer conducted a records check that showed Dewar has an active warrant for violating the probation for a DUI arrest. Dewar’s ID was confirmed by matching him to his picture in the Driver and Vehicle Information Database, the report said.

Dewar was charged with providing a false name to a law enforcement and a probation violation. He’s being held without bond in Marion County Jail and will appear in Marion County Court on Jan. 8 for the probation violation and Jan. 27 for the false name charge.