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Man refuses to give name, police seek help in identification

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PROVO -- A man who doesn't want anyone to know who he is has been sitting in the Utah County jail for three weeks. Police say he was arrested on minor charges, but they can't just let him out.

John Doe, as they have been forced to call him, was arrested for trespassing after he was spotted hanging around the parking garage of the Provo City offices, looking into cars. Police told him to leave three times, but he refused and was arrested July 1.

From that day since, he hasn't told anyone who he is, where he came from, or what he was doing in Provo.

Utah County Sheriff's Lt. Dennis Harris said they are baffled. They've told him he was arrested on minor misdemeanor charges and that if he tells them his name, he would probably be let out for time served. A judge did give him a $1,200 cash-only bail, but he hasn't come up with any cash, and it doesn't look like he's made any attempt to get the money. For now, he just sits in jail.

Who to contact:

Utah County Sheriff's Office - Corrections Bureau

Lt. Scott Carter - 801-851-4202

"There's a possibility maybe he's wanted in another state. Maybe he's on some registry or database where he failed to register," said Harris. "We've gone the gamut with this guy and he's just cool as can be. He just absolutely does not want us to know who he is."

Police did run his finger prints, which turned up nothing. Harris says the man acts as if it's his first time in jail. Police even offered to help him out and to look for a job if he would just tell them his name, but still nothing.

Police hope someone recognizes the man's mug shot and calls them.

Harris also said they have had people not give them their name in the past, but they usually figure out who it is within a day or two.

But not this John Doe. He even told police he will want to get out some time -- he just didn't say when that time will be.

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Randall Jeppesen


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