If You See This Dude and He Has His Red Backpack, Run

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Mark Farmer had his red backpack with him in the early hours of last Friday when police found him at Infinity 13 tattoo studio at Skillman and LBJ. They unzipped that backpack and found a few thousand dollars worth of tattoo needles, parts and ink, plus a bag of weed.

"The cops were already right here, and I guess they heard the alarm going off already and caught him," a tattoo shop employee said Friday afternoon. Farmer was arrested for burglary and evading arrest and booked into Lew Sterrett, where he remains.

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It wasn't the first time cops had caught the 22-year-old with a loot-filled red backpack. He was carrying one last October when he and a friend broke into the closed State Fair grounds early on the morning after Big Tex perished. A police officer found him riding his skateboard eating a cookie from a cellophane wrapper nicked from a nearby booth.

Inside the backpack were two bottles of red wine, a bottle of Sangria, nine cans of beer, one bottle opener, a dozen packets of hot cocoa and a bayonet. All but the bayonet had been stolen from Wine Country Bistro on Washington Avenue. Farmer and his friend had broken through some wooden lattice work and had some beer and food before taking the trip to the fair.

Lest Farmer seek to pin his misdeeds on the red backpack, it should be noted that it played no role in the theft of a $6,000 wedding ring from a Richardson high school teacher (and the grandmother of his infant child) a week before Christmas 2011. Police later recovered it from a Garland pawn shop.

Nor was the backpack used when, several months earlier, Farmer barged into a Richardson home at 3 o'clock one morning and began hurling insults at the woman who lived there. When the woman's teenage daughter yelled at him to stop, he grabbed her by the neck and threw her to the ground. He briefly evaded police when, after being handcuffed, he gave his name as "Christopher Gerald," then bolted out the front door.

The responding police officer chased him to a nearby alley, figured out his real name, and quickly realized that Farmer was wanted for sexual assault. He was arrested and charged with evading arrest and burglary.

Rounding out his adult rap sheet is a September 2010 aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The deadly weapon was a skateboard, the victim was a 16-year-old kid. Farmer, then 20, confronted the teen in the parking lot of a mixed martial arts studio in Richardson and demanded to know why the boy had been "messing with my sister" (actually his 15-year-old friend). Police arrived after the owner of the MMA studio broke up the fight and found Farmer in the parking lot, his white shirt and jeans covered in the other boy's blood.

Farmer was never charged on the sexual assault charge but, in four years as an adult, he has more than a half dozen convictions for theft, assault, burglary and evading arrest. And he's now facing two more felony charges from the tattoo studio arrest, which, given his criminal history, could get him locked up for a time.

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Take this shit down.  You have no right to have any words regarding this person or his life, and the last thing the situation needs is some sarcastic asshole having a two-cents, and a bunch of bored commenters passing harsh judgments.  This is not news, take it down.


A search of the DCC website reveals that Farmer is at least going to catch the chain for the balance of his previously probated 2-year felony assault sentence. Violent offender, so absent a significant mitigating circumstance such as mental illness the presiding judge(s) for the pending charges might do the community a favor and stack Farmer's time if (a) convictions is/are achieved by the State. I think he'll look good in white. 


We need a "3 strikes and a firing squad" rule.


Seems sexual assault is still not a crme.  No harm done.


So what does this guy have to do to actually be retained behind bars?  Kill the President?!

ChrisYu topcommenter

did the beat up kid get his money back for the martial arts lessons?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I was wondering what a "backback" is.

Hopefully, this person will cross paths with someone who will save our justice system a lot of time, trouble and effort.

To quote Andy Dufresne: "What I mean is, you don't seem to be a very good thief, maybe you should try something else."


@EA3 Did you read the last paragraph? The grand jury "no billed" him on that particular charge, meaning that the evidence was found insufficient to indict. 


@ChrisYu To be fair, it doesn't actually say the kid attended any martial arts classes, just that the incident happened in the parking lot.

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