A Weirsdale man who gave a Marion County sheriff’s deputy a false name outside the Summerfield Wal-Mart and then ran from him is behind bars.
The deputy was called to the store, located at 17961 S U.S. Hwy. 441, on Wednesday night after a Wal-Mart representative requested that three people be trespassed from the business because of prior suspicious behavior. When the deputy arrived, he spoke with two people standing by a gray Ford Mustang in the parking lot who matched the description provided by the caller.
One of them, a man later identified as 31-year-old Winston Wayne Brewer, claimed his name was Matthew Hill – with no middle name – and provided a date of birth of Dec. 31, 1986. The deputy noted that Brewer “hesitated and appeared to have to think about his name and date of birth.”
The deputy conducted a search and observed a photograph of Matthew David Hill that didn’t match the person he was speaking with. He told Brewer of the discrepancy and he then claimed that his middle name was David, though he couldn’t explain why he made a different claim earlier, the report says.
As the deputy continued his investigation, Brewer suddenly ran from the parking lot, through the perimeter road north of Wal-Mart and through several business parking lots. He was eventually apprehended while attempting to hide in bushes behind a nearby Regions Bank, the report says.
At that point, Brewer admitted who he was and said he had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with giving false identification to a law enforcement officer, resting an officer without violence and the outstanding warrant for violating his probation on a previous charge of petit theft. He was being held on $2,000 bond and his next court date hasn’t yet been set.
Brewer, who lives at 18950 SE Hwy. 42 in Weirsdale, is no stranger to the Marion County legal system, having been held in the jail nine times since October 2012. During those arrests, he’s faced charges – some more than once – of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, retail petit theft, driving with license suspended or revoked and domestic battery. Brewer also has faced a charge of failing to appear in court and was picked up in March 2018 on four out-of-county warrants for criminal use of personal identification.