ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- On Friday afternoon, Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Gardens of Gulf Cove man on multiple charges after he allegedly tried to fraudulently return merchandise at the Englewood Wal-Mart Supercenter. John Anthony Porter, 26, of 13325 Buckett Circle was arrested for the 29th time in Charlotte County on charges that include Criminal Use of Personal Identification, Possession of Cocaine, Pettit Theft, Resisting a Merchant and Trespassing After Warning.
Deputies were dispatched to the Wal-Mart Supercenter on McCall Road after Wal-Mart employees noticed a man later identified as Porter selecting a variety of items from the store which he took to the Customer Service Desk to return them for a refund. When Porter left the Customer Service area, the employees approached him and asked for identification. Porter provided a Florida ID card in a different name and initially agreed to go with them to the Loss Prevention office, but attempted to run out the front door. The employees detained him until Sheriff’s deputies arrived. During the ensuing struggle between Porter and the employees, Porter pulled a baggie with numerous pills from his pocket.
When the responding deputies arrived, they recognized Porter and knew there were active warrants for his arrest. When they advised Porter he was under arrest, Porter tried to pull away from the officers until he was handcuffed. Porter was found to have several prescription bottles in his pockets. Inside one of the bottles, deputies found a white rock-type substance that tested positive for cocaine.
Porter was arrested on seven charges concerning the incident at Wal-Mart as well as the charges on the active warrants, which included Failure to Appear and Violation of Probation. He is being held without bond on the warrant charges.