Jawon Johnson, a Maryland teenager spent four days in jail in a case of mistaken identity last month, CBS Baltimore reports.
“I never thought I would be sitting in jail, especially for something I knew for sure I didn’t do,” Johnson said.
The West Virginia State University student claims he was pulled over on Nov. 23rd in Havre de Grace, Md., for making an illegal U-turn.
But the routine traffic stop ended with officers handcuffing and transporting him to a nearby detention center on a federal warrant.
Johnson repeatedly told them he wasn’t their guy. “I told them the picture wasn’t me,” he said. “They continued and insisted [that it was] in fact…me.”
Apparently, officers were looking for a man named Jawan Johnson, with an “a” instead of an “o.” That Johnson is wanted to testify as a witness in a burglary case. Police only realized their mix-up four days later.
All the while, Jawon languished inside a cell.
“I was in the cell 23 hours a day,” he added.