Jawon Johnson, 18, a freshman and wide receiver at West Virginia University was arrested and imprisoned for four days after police said he had a warrant out for burglary. Johnson was pulled over for making an illegal U-turn, an infraction normally resulting in a ticket, however Johnson was instead arrested and taken to Harford County Detention Center where they said he had a federal burglary warrant.
“They arrested me and took me back to the station and showed me a picture of who the guy actually was,” Johnson told The Baltimore Sun, “It wasn’t me, but they said they still had to hold me…”
Jawon was accused of being Jawan Johnson, a man suspected of a burglary in Washington, D.C. It took police four days to release the innocent teen.
“I was in the cell 23 hours a day,” he said.
Adding to the confusion was the fact that since the burglary happened in D.C., the U.S. Marshals had jurisdiction, meaning that Johnson had to then be transported to federal court. Once there, marshals sent his fingerprints and photo to prosecutors, who confirmed that he was not Jawan Johnson.
Police spokesperson, Jeff Gilpin told The Sun, “We honestly thought everything was on the up and up.”