Unclear Whether Civilian Living in Army Barracks Skipped Court Date

It's not known if the civilian allegedly found living with soldiers from 3rd Special Forces Group appeared in federal court Wednesday on five charges that led to his discovery on Fort Bragg last year.

As of 11:30 a.m., Triston Marquell Chase had not signed in and was not present in U.S. District Court in downtown Fayetteville. Calls to his lawyer's office in Raleigh were not returned.

If he did miss his court date, it would be the second time in a week that he failed to show up for court.

Chase was charged in 2014 with six felonies in Harnett County. They are financial card theft, identify theft, larceny of a firearm, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

Chase failed to appear in Harnett County District Court on April 26, and a judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

He is accused of stealing a Citibank credit card, Sig Sauer P-225 handgun and Mossberg 500A shotgun, a large survival knife and electronics from a home on New Castle Lane in Spring Lake, according to court records. He allegedly ordered a pizza with the stolen credit card.

The federal charges stem from an alleged drunken driving incident on Fort Bragg last year.

On Dec. 12, Chase was charged with driving while impaired, resisting delay/obstructing a police officer, driving while license suspended, open container and underage consumption of alcohol while driving.

The drunken driving arrest led officials to learn of Chase's presence in the barracks, according to an Army investigation obtained by The Fayetteville Observer last month.

The report does not name the civilian, citing personal privacy, but according to public arrest records that match the circumstances described by the military, the civilian in the barracks was Chase.

Military police officers were in the parking lot of the KFC at Gruber Road and Reilly Street handling a traffic stop for a driver who had attempted to flee. Just before 1 a.m., the civilian drove into the parking lot, got out of a maroon Chevrolet Impala he was driving and told the officers he was a barracks noncommissioned officer and was worried one of his soldiers had gotten into trouble, according to the investigation.

The officers said the civilian was slurring his speech, was unable to balance himself and his eyes were red, watery and bloodshot. The officers conducted field sobriety tests, which the civilian failed, according to the investigation.

Officers searched his vehicle and seized an open container. A female passenger, who officers said had not been drinking, was released, according to the investigation.

Military police officers found three different identification cards on him, none of which matched the registered owner of the vehicle he was driving, according to an investigative report.

The civilian was combative and disruptive during the process, the officers said.

The Fort Bragg Provost Marshal's Office contacted 3rd Special Forces Group to report it had someone who identified himself as a 3rd Group soldier in custody on a DUI charge.

Officials at 3rd Group said the man was not a member of their organization, according to the report.

The investigation disclosed significant safety and security issues.

The counter-intelligence section of 3rd Special Forces Group is assessing the situation to determine if there are any damages associated with the civilian's access, according to the investigation.

The Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office said leadership continues to address security shortfalls identified in the investigation.

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