A 19-year-old burglary suspect who spent several hours Monday sitting in juvenile hall ended up being charged as an adult after authorities learned that he had lied about his true name and age, police said.
Officers first crossed paths with the man they ultimately identified as Jorge Fernandez Perez after a female resident of a home in the 2300 block of Tyler Street reported at 8:45 a.m. Monday that she had caught a burglar in her home, police said.
Perez allegedly fled from police who responded to the woman's 911 call, but was taken into custody a short time later after officers found him hiding under a deck in the backyard of a home near West 12th Avenue and Oak Street.
Perez initially refused to speak to officers, and was booked into the Lane County Jail under the name "John Doe," police said.
He then told authorities that he was 17 and provided them with a fake name, police said.
Unsure of his true identity, police transported Perez to the Lane County Juvenile Justice Center, where he was held for several hours on Monday.
Investigators, meanwhile, used Perez's fingerprints to conduct an identity check.
After learning that he was actually a 19-year-old California native, police went to the juvenile hall and took Perez back to the county jail late Monday night.
Perez was arraigned Tuesday in Lane County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree burglary, interfering with a police officer and second-degree criminal trespass.