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May 16, 2012

Police: Elusive scam artist arrested in Cass County

Man wanted since 2003, accused of escaping courthouse

LOGANSPORT — Police say a scam artist who fled a Pennsylvania courthouse in 2003 and has been on the run ever since was arrested in Cass County on Monday night - for public intoxication.

Tyson Jesse Allison, 27, appeared in Cass Superior Court on Tuesday, where he was told he will be extradited to Pennsylvania to face charges of escape and deceptive business practice. The man had been on the loose in multiple states over the past nine years, Cass County sheriff’s officials said.

“He has been all over the country, and he managed to stay on the run for a long time,” Sgt. Tom Heflin said.

Allison identified himself as 24-year-old Christopher Allen Thompson when he was arrested at 8:45 p.m. Monday at U.S. 35 and West 800 North on the public intoxication charge.

But Tuesday morning, with “Thompson” still in jail, the sheriff’s department ran a background check and learned the man was Allison, according to a press release. It states that the man’s fingerprints match Allison’s.

Local officials said the man had been on the run since fleeing a courthouse in Bucks County, Pa.

Heflin said Allison had been facing charges for running a driveway sealing scam.

Such home improvement scams typically involve a person going door-to-door, posing as a contractor and offering services, according to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. Scammers may use cheap, ineffective material to seal the driveway and charge homeowners for the work, even offering a “discount” for that day only.

When confronted in jail about the fake name, Allison refused to speak to police and asked for an attorney, according to the release.

In addition to the other charges, Heflin has also requested that the prosecutor’s office charge Allison with false informing.

• Jake Bolitho is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5148 or


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