Northern California man arrested for “fugitive” from justice and giving false info to police officers.
Newport Police Officer made contact with a male subject walking through a residential area of Newport. The subject, later identified as Nicholas James Thomas, age 29 of Cobb, California, provided the Officer with several fictitious names, and could not articulate why he was in the area.
Thomas consented to a search of his person, which revealed drugs and drug paraphernalia. As the Officer attempted to serve Thomas with a citation for the drug possession, Thomas continued to provide the Officer with additional fictitious names, many of which he was unable to spell correctly. Thomas was taken into custody for Giving False Information to Police. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail.
At the jail, using the AFIS fingerprint identification system, officers were able to positively identify Thomas. It was discovered Thomas had three felony warrants for his arrest from Lake County, California. These warrants were for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery with Serious Injury, and Assault with Great Bodily Injury.
Thomas was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Giving False Information to Police, and Fugitive from Another State.
Reports from the Clear Lake area of northern California indicate that Thomas got into an argument with a man who was trying to break up a domestic disturbance. Thomas eventually pulled out a hatchet and attacked the man with it. Reports say the victim suffered serious wounds. An all points bulletin went out for the apprehension of Thomas who was later identified as the suspect.
Thomas is now lodged inside the Lincoln County Jail in lieu of $315,000 bail awaiting extradition back to California.