Md. Teen Jailed For 4 Days In Case Of Mistaken Identity

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  • 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.

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    3 thoughts on “Md. Teen Jailed For 4 Days In Case Of Mistaken Identity

    1. I said it before, we need to cut it with these shigiddy azz hood names we be giving our kids. Jawon Johnson, for real? This travesty would not have happened with Eric Carl Johnson. Food for thought.

      Holla’ at the Scholar

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