Cary police can't identify mum suspect

Staff WriterDecember 29, 2005 

This man was arrested last week on drug charges.

Police in Cary don't know who it is that they arrested on drug charges last week.

The man, who has been in custody at the Wake County jail since Dec. 21, refuses to provide police or jail officials with his name, said Capt. Dave Wulff of the Cary Police Department.

"He just won't tell us," Wulff said.

Police have dubbed the mystery man John Doe and hope that someone recognizes him and can provide them with a name.

Doe was arrested Dec. 21 after he and another man led police on a chase in and around the Holly Springs area, according to police accounts. Cary police detectives were conducting a drug investigation and were waiting for two men to drop off a shipment of 10.5 pounds of marijuana, which has an approximate street value of $21,000, Wulff said.

The two men didn't drop off the drugs, so Cary police -- along with deputies from the Wake County Sheriff's Office -- tried to pull the two over, and a chase ensued, according to Wulff and Phyllis Stephens, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. The two were finally stopped, arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana, Wulff said.

The other arrested man also initially refused to provide his name, but fingerprints taken after a prior arrest showed that he was Gary Courtney Fitzgerald, 38, of Fuquay-Varina. Fitzgerald remains in custody at the Wake County jail in lieu of $177,000 bail.

Police ran Doe's fingerprints through databases of arrested persons but found no matches, Wulff said.

"It'd make things a lot easier if he told us who he was," Wulff said. "You do have to tell us who you are."

A reward is being offered to those who provide information about the real identity of John Doe. Anonymous calls can be made to Cary CrimeStoppers at 226-2746, or Wulff can be reached at 469-4017.

Staff writer Sarah Ovaska can be reached at 829-4622 or sovaska@newsobserver.com.

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