Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn
An innocent woman who was falsely arrested for a robbery in Texas in a case of “mistaken identity” when police thought a surveillance photo of a suspect with the same name looked like social media images of her has spent a week in jail in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to a news report from Click2Houston.com.
“The 31-year-old Ph.D. student ended up behind bars after going to the police department there to see why a warrant for her arrest was filed in Texas, which was preventing her from getting a job,” Click2Houston.com reported, adding that officials in Texas “say the warrant issued for her arrest is an unfortunate mistake.”
Click2Houston.com also reported the charges against the woman were dropped after she proved she “was at work in Pennsylvania during the time of the crime in Texas” and that “police say they are sorry this happened and are working on ways to prevent it from happening again in the future.”
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office issued a statement about the incident that included the following: “What happened to her should not have happened, and her family deserves a great deal of credit for successfully advocating for her freedom with the media in Houston and in Philadelphia.”
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