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9/27/05-Tyler

Evacuee Impostor Has Violent Criminal Record

"It really makes me feel like I'm cared about. When I lost my wife and son, my whole world went empty."

But the real Walter Stall lives in a very different world then what he claims. It's a life of crime and violence. From the Metroplex to East Texas at least ten arrests. Starting with two for theft in 1979 and 1980.

In 1988, he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in Dallas County.

Today, Walter Stall admitted to just one conviction.

"That's the only thing I've had in my criminal record is injury to a child and that's the only thing I've had in my criminal record," Stall told us before his arrest Tuesday.

It is true that Stall was convicted of intentional injury to a child in 1993. But there's more. In 1997, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

In March of last year, he was discharged from his parole. But as Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor told KLTV Tuesday night, Stall's quote not a very productive citizen.

In January 2005, when Stall told us he was in New Orleans. He was arrested in Anderson County for trespassing, burglary, and injury to the elderly.

No details were available, but we do know Stall is out on bond pending trial -- bonds totaling more than $20,000. The warrants leading to Stall's arrest were issued just eight days ago. For theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm.

Sheriff Taylor says believed to have been taken during the January burglary.

"It's not like I'm begging people for help -- people have come to me and said, can I help you. Of course, I can't say no," Stall told us.

But, if he did convince people to give him money, that could be theft by deception -- a charge local authorities will be looking at.

"There are people here that need help, there are people all over Smith County that's helping people who actually need help, then you have a few who come in like Walter Ray Stall who take advantage of it, and abuse the system, and make everybody look bad," said Smith County Sheriff's Lieutenant Craig Shelton.

The statement made by Stall that he was "Ray Johnson" brings another charge. He didn't identify himself as a fugitive. As he headed to jail he proclaimed his identity as Ray Johnson.

The last deception as a letter was in his pants pocket, found by officers. It's from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, saying this really is Walter Ray Stall. Federal authorities are also looking into Walter Stall's claim that he's applied for disaster relief from FEMA. That could land him in federal prison, and FBI agents interviewed him immediately after the arrest.

Reported by Morgan Palmer. morganpalmer@kltv.com

 

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