College Student Spends 4 Days In Jail After Being Mistakenly Arrested
Jawon Johnson, 18, is a freshman at West Virginia State University. He even plays on the football team as a wide receiver.
“I never thought I would be sitting in jail, especially for something I knew for sure I didn’t do,” Johnson said.
But on Saturday night, he put on a different uniform after he says he was pulled over by a Havre de Grace police officer for making an illegal U-turn. He expected to be handed a ticket, but after an hour he was handcuffed and taken to the Harford County Detention Center on a federal warrant.
“I told them the picture wasn’t me. They continued and insisted on, in fact, it was me,” said Johnson.
Jawon, with an “o”, was accused of being another Jawan Johnson involved in a burglary case in D.C. The man wanted by the federal government spells his name with an “a”. It took police four days to realize their mistake. All the while, Johnson sat behind bars innocent.