Johnson went before a federal court in Baltimore the following Tuesday, where authorities ran his fingerprints. A picture was sent to D.C. prosecutors before they discovered they had the wrong person.
Family and friends surrounded the court house that afternoon. After discovering he was to be released, they reportedly went inside to the sixth floor lockup and then realized that he’d already been freed and was waiting outside.
Still, the West Virginia wide receiver took the experience in jest. ”As long as I’m out, I’m perfectly fine,” he said. “I’m happy to see my family. I just want to enjoy the rest of my vacation at home.”
Johnson’s mother, however, wants action taken against the officer who arrested him.
“I just felt like he was thrown in shark-infested waters,” Juanita Johnson said.
Havre de Grace police didn’t respond to CBS’s interview requests, but they did tell media partner The Baltimore Sun that “the department honestly thought it had the right person. A comparison of a photo on the warrant and Jawon Johnson’s driver’s license seemed to match up.”
Johnson’s family is seeking legal action against the department.