Thursday, April 18, 2019

Man raised money for fake youth baseball team — and threaten to beat up man who refused to donate, cops say

Canaan Walker is accused of raising money for a non-existent youth baseball league and threatening a man who refused to donate. | CPD; Pixabay
An Old Town man accused of collecting money for a fake youth baseball league in Wicker Park on April 2nd was arrested again four days later when he threatened to beat up a man who refused to donate to the "team," police said.

Canaan Walker, 27, was arrested for trespassing after he refused to stop soliciting for the “Stanton Park Cubs Youth Baseball Team” outside the Walgreens store at 1372 North Milwaukee, according to police.

Cops said Walker was wearing a lanyard bearing an “identification” for the fake team and said he carried materials to raise funds to send the fake team to the allegedly non-existent “Walt Disney Grand Slam Baseball Tournament” in Orlando.

Walker had $33 cash in his “charity” folder along with two bank cards bearing different names, according to police.

Prosecutors charged him with misdemeanor trespassing, false impersonation of a charity, and theft of lost or mislaid property. He was released on a recognizance bond.

Four days later, Walker was arrested again as he tried to collect signatures and donations for the team at Jewel-Osco, 1341 North Paulina. A 59-year-old man who refused to donate to Walker’s “team” said Walker responded by saying, “I’m going to beat your ass” and “I’m gonna jump you once you get out of the store.”

Walker was charged with misdemeanor assault and released on another recognizance bond.
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