Wanted Man Orders Lunch, Goes Directly to Jail

Lead investigator catches wanted man

By Ty Pressley
|  Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 3:01 PM CDT
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Wanted Man Orders Lunch, Goes to Jail

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Wanted persons aren’t just a name or case number to Presley Darnell. They are people who probably meant to voluntarily surrender, but—perhaps accidentally—never found their way to jail. He wants to help them find their way.
 
When Darnell saw Lawrence Gentry, 64, walk into the same Fort Worth restaurant he was dining at on Monday, he immediately recognized the wanted man.
 
It may sound like a verse from Blondie’s “One Way or Another,” but as lead investigator in the three charges against Gentry, Darnell knew that he still had a warrant out for his arrest.
 
“Out of all the chicken fried steak joints in all the towns in all the world, he walked into mine,” Darnell was quoted as saying by the Tarrant County District Attorney's office.
 
Acting quickly, Darnell texted for help.

As Gentry finished his lunch, DA Investigator Darran Gabbert arrived with a uniformed officer and arrested him ... after Gentry paid his bill.
 
Gentry was indicted in February on three charges of making false statements to obtain property or credit over $200,000.

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