(Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) You stand accused of a crime you did not commit. The police have a surveillance tape showing someone other than you committing the crime. They even have a statement from the person, saying that he did it. Still, you are put through the nightmare of being arrested and sitting in jail, waiting for your day in court. Sounds absurd, you say?
Meet Andrew Rocha, a quiet 18-year-old son of a physician, applying to college. While he lay sleeping in his Lake Arrowhead bed, an elderly neighbor and grandmother was being accosted in the middle of the night. She accused Andrew of the crime.
“This was the clearest case of mistaken identity that I have ever seen,” said Christopher Persaud, Andrew’s attorney.
“The police never did a thorough investigation. If they had taken the time to really look at the video tape taken by the grandmothers security system, they would have had no choice but to let Andrew go; as it was clearly someone else who was in the fight that morning.”
Fueled with a passion and the understanding that if this could happen to Andrew, it could happen to anyone, Persaud worked tirelessly to prove his client’s innocence.
Although he spent 75 days in jail, Andrew was ultimately acquitted of all charges. Persaud is now considering bringing a civil suit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department for wrongful detention and false imprisonment.
“The sheriff’s department should have never pursued the case, much less kept my client in jail based on the very evidence they have in their possession,” said Persaud. “Their failure to properly investigate and act on that investigation led to the injustice my client endured.”
As for Andrew, he is attempting to put his life back on track, after being disrupted by this case of mistaken identity and wrongful detention. He is currently making plans to enroll at San Bernardino Valley College in the Fall.
“Andrew is a good kid and remains optimistic about life,” said Persuad. “Unfortunately, he was the biggest victim in all of this.”
For more information call Attorney Christopher Persaud at (909) 547-3837 or go online to http://christopherpersaud.org/
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