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25-Year-Old Man Allegedly Tried To Pose As Incoming Freshman At N.J. School

Police Say Carl Walden Tried To Enroll Under The Name Jason Burns
Classroom (credit: CBS 2)

Classroom (credit: CBS 2)

SPRINGFIELD, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — Red flags went up at a Union County school on Tuesday when a 25-year-old man allegedly tried to enroll in classes.

“Right away this didn’t look right,” Springfield Superintendent of Schools Michael Davino said.

Carl Walden, a 6’1”, 265-lbs man has been accused of trying to pass himself off as an incoming freshman at Dayton High School in Springfield, N.J., 1010 WINS reported.

To avoid letting him know that they were suspicious school officials handed Walden, who was allegedly posing under the name Jason Burns, an enrollment pack and told him to bring the paperwork to his parents.

“The staff is trained to not alert the suspect,” Davino explained.

Authorities were contacted and eventually picked Walden up on Mountain Ave, The Star Ledger reported.

Walden was still wearing a visitor pass with the name Jason Burns when he was arrested, police said. Authorities said that Walden had outstanding warrants for traffic tickets in Sparta and Andover, The Star Ledger reported.

Walden faces charges of Criminal Trespass, Disorderly Conduct, and Harassment. His next court appearance will be on Monday.

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