An innocent man spent a month in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, and apparently he had an alibi that police didn’t want to hear about at a preliminary hearing.
The armed robbery charges against DeAndre Brown were dropped on Friday after a surveillance video proved he wasn’t at the scene of the crime when the incident took place.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the 26-year-old Brown works as a security guard at the Carnegie Library branch in Homewood, Pa., and he told police he could not have committed the crime because he was at a training session at the Oakland branch at the time of the robbery, which took place at a bakery on Sept. 10.
Brown reportedly had a surveillance video showing him at the training session, a sign-in sheet and an alibi witness to support his claim, according to Patrick Nightingale, his attorney. However, at Brown's preliminary hearing, Nightingale tried to provide the investigating officer with the alibi information, but the officer refused to listen.
"I'm extremely disappointed the police officer investigating this matter completely ignored the alibi witness," Nightingale said.
WPXI reports that a man put a gun to a clerk’s face at Dana’s Bakery in Homewood, and took off with $80. Police arrested Brown after Lloyd Bundy, who works at the bakery, identified him as the robber, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Brown was jailed on Sept. 16 and released a month later when questions surfaced about his possible innocence and his bail was lowered. He had no prior criminal record and was facing five to 10 years in prison if convicted.
“I'm just glad this thing is over,” said Yvonne Brown, DeAndre’s mother.