Man's Assumed Identity Fails EP Police Contact With Girlfriend

East Providence Police Headquarters are located at 750 Waterman Ave. CREDIT: Rob Borkowski
East Providence Police Headquarters are located at 750 Waterman Ave. CREDIT: Rob Borkowski
A Pawtucket man assuming a false name while speaking with East Providence Police Dec. 1 failed to include his girlfriend in the subterfuge, adding an obstruction charge to his impending arrest on a Sixth District Court warrant. 

East Providence Police arrived at 50 Crescent View Ave., the Knights of Columbus club, at about 7:50 p.m. that night, responding to a report of a disturbance in progress, finding Gonsahn Kamara, 27, of 39 Sisson St., Pawtucket, arguing with another man. 

When an officer spoke with Kamara, who was wanted on warrant from Sixth District Court for failing to appear on an original charge of driving with a suspended license, he gave the officer a false name, and didn't have any identification on him. The officer was suspicious when Kamara stumbled over the correct spelling of what was supposedly his own name, and asked a woman with Kamara who he was.

That woman happened to be Kamara's girlfriend, who was unaware of his attempts to hide his identity. She did know his real name though, and identified him for police.

With that information in hand, the officer gave Kamara an opportunity to come clean, reminding him that lying about his identity was a crime. "I know lying to police is against the law," Kamara said, according to the report, insisting on his false identity. When the officer told him they'd be holding him until they confirmed who he was, Kamara confessed to lying.

Kamara was arrested on the warrant, with a charge of obstructing an officer added to boot. 


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