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Greenwich Police Taser Suspect Who Tried To Cash Fake Tax Return

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich Police are trying to determine the identity of a man who attempted to cash a fake tax return check Thursday at the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 28 Havemeyer Place.

Officers had to Taser the suspect after he ran and refused to stop when they arrived at the branch at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. 

The man identified himself as Nelson Arroyo and held a passport from the Republic of Guinea, police said.

However, the man was illegally using the identity of a 68-year-old man from the Bronx, N.Y., police said. The suspect had used that identity to open an account at the bank Wednesday where he deposited a U.S. Treasury check.

The real Arroyo had been a co-signer on a loan with Wells Fargo, but bank officials discovered that the Social Security number on the tax refund check didn’t match the Social Security number provided by the suspect, police said.

Suspicious bank officials placed a hold on the account, police said. When bank officials tried to call him, they discovered the telephone number was disconnected, police said.

The next day the suspect contacted the bank to say he couldn’t use his debit card, police said.

Bank officials told him to go to the Havemeyer Place branch to clear up some issues with his account, police said.

Police were called and Arroyo tried to flee when he saw the officers, police said. Officers recovered some of the items that he dropped and discovered a fraudulent U.S. Visa in the name of Nelson Arroyo, police said. The visa was actually for a woman from Botswana, police said.

The man was charged with first-degree forgery, second-degree identity theft, fourth-degree criminal attempt at larceny and interfering with police.

He was unable to post $250,000 bond and was held for a court date Friday in state Superior Court in Stamford. Police say they are still trying to determine the man’s real name. 

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