RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18) – A man wanted out of Chicago for a probation violation admits that he used a fake identity to open a business in Richmond.
Marshawn Thomas was wanted for a probation violation in Chicago related to a marijuana charge. He’s now facing a charge in Madison County for using a false identity.
Thomas used the fake name to open a sandwich shop called Tela’s in Richmond. The sandwich shop’s opening was posted to the Richmond Chamber of Commerce with Thomas, who was known as DeJuan Mack, cutting the ribbon.
Despite the owner being wanted out of state, Tela’s Kentucky Sandwich Shack offered discounts to law enforcement.
Today we celebrated Tela's Kitchen for a ribbon cutting! Thank you to everyone who came to support this local business….
In a jailhouse interview, Thomas said he just used the false identity so he could work and will accept his punishment. As for Tela’s, it will stay open under the direction of the store’s manager, JaQuentin Jenkins.
“Business is good. Not closing these doors,” Jenkins told LEX 18.
Thomas thanks his customers. Says he’s still@the same guy who always welcomed them to Tela’s. Said arresting officer told him he felt badly for having to make arrest, given his role in this community. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/TLb0j2twLy
— Michael Berk (@LEX18_Michael) February 8, 2019