DELPHOS — A Columbus man claiming to be a Delphos resident was arrested the evening of Aug. 30 by Delphos police officers after he attempted to flee and fell into the Miami Erie Canal.
According to police reports, Benjamin K. Appiah, 29, of Columbus, entered the Delphos Post Office to pick up mail of a Delphos resident using an Ohio ID just before 5 p.m. Friday. Upon suspecting Appiah of identity fraud, a postal worker contacted Delphos police.
After police arrived on scene, the suspect fled to a car with Illinois plates, but he was apprehended by a Delphos officer. Appiah allegedly escaped the struggle, attempted to run for a second time and then fell down the bank and into the Miami Erie Canal.
Appiah was taken into custody, and the woman waiting in the car was interviewed and later released by police.
After finding a lengthy arrest record, police are holding Appiah in Allen County Jail until his identity fraud case is heard by an Allen County grand jury.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 9, and bond was set at $50,000.