Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they are asking prosecutors to dismiss charges against one of five people arrested in connection with a series of burglaries and a recent police pursuit.
Police said further investigation showed that Milton Dunlap was not involved in any of the crimes.
Dunlap originally was charged with 12 offenses, including assault on a government official and three counts of felony breaking and entering.
CMPD said Wednesday that a state Highway Patrol trooper involved in the pursuit said he saw Dunlap jump from the vehicle in the chase and run into a nearby home. But on Wednesday, the trooper said he realized he had misidentified Dunlap after reviewing video surveillance.
Dunlap and his family members had proclaimed in recent days that the teen was not involved in the case. They said the teenager posted a video on social media Tuesday and sent text messages to his mother saying police were all over their home, reported WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner.
Dunlap’s mother, sister, attorney and community leaders say it is a clear case of mistaken identity.
CMPD said one of its majors and a division commander met with Dunlap and his family to discuss the case.
“The CMPD and SHP are working closely with the District Attorney’s Office to have all of the charges dismissed and expunged,” police said in a news release. “Mr. Dunlap’s court-ordered electronic monitoring device has also been removed.”
Police said they are still investigating the break-ins and car chase. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.
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