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Jonathan R. Walker

Jonathan R. Walker

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Updated: April 8, 2013 2:05AM

A $100,000 bench warrant was issued Wednesday for a Mississippi man who gave his probation officer a false address.

The false address that Jonathan Walker, 18, gave his probation officer was “by happenstance” the address of his probation officer’s cousin, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew DeMartini said.

Walker of Laurel, Miss., was due in court Wednesday for arraignment before Judge George Bridges on allegations that he failed to show up for probation. Walker was not present at his arraignment Wednesday.

Walker was sentenced to serve two years of probation Oct. 12 for stealing a car. A man left his car running in his Waukegan driveway in March 2012, DeMartini said.

When the man ran inside, Walker stole the vehicle, DeMartini said.

Walker failed to show up for probation and provided a false address for his probation officer, DeMartini said.

“He gave an address that was not correct. It turned out to be the address of his probation officer’s cousin. He (Walker) doesn’t know his probation officer’s cousin. He picked it by happenstance,” DeMartini said.

Walker’s probation officer became aware of the address issue after his cousin asked why he was being sent court documents related to Walker’s case, DeMartini said.

DeMartini has filed a petition to revoke Walker’s probation for failing to show up, while Bridges issued a $100,000 bench warrant because Walker failed to show up for his arraignment.

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