A 28-year-old Columbus man might have thought he got the drop on Whitehall police earlier this month, but the long arm of the law reached him 11 days later.

Officers on April 21 arrested Cortez Townsend, 28, at a parking lot at Noe Bixby and Refugee roads.

Police filed an initial charge of forgery, a fifth-degree felony, and other counts will be pursued later through a direct indictment, said Whitehall Division of Police Lt. Chad Wilder.

Eleven days earlier, on April 10, officers attempted to stop Townsend, who was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants, Wilder said.

But Townsend fled instead of pulling over his vehicle, reports said. Police ended the pursuit because of the risk it posed to the public, said Whitehall deputy Chief Dan Kelso

The ensuing investigation revealed that Townsend, on occasion, was in the area of Noe-Bixby and Refugee roads, where he was found April 21 and arrested without incident, Wilder said.

Detectives executed a search warrant at Townsend's residence on the 200 block of Summerfern Lane in Columbus and found a credit-card skimmer, used to steal credit-card numbers, along with a loaded firearm and several forged credit cards.

Townsend faces about 80 theft- and forgery-related charges in addition to active warrants for assault, fleeing and traffic violations, Wilder said.

"This is a good reminder that, even during a pandemic, there are those out there trying to take advantage of others," said Wilder, who cautioned residents to be vigilant about their financial accounts.

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