Family: CMPD arrested wrong guy in pursuit

Family: CMPD arrested wrong guy in pursuit


by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on September 25, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 7:37 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A local family is demanding authorities drop all charges against their son, claiming he had no involvement in several break-ins and running from the cops late Tuesday afternoon.

Milton Dunlap's mother, sister, attorney and community leaders say it is a clear case of mistaken identity, and they have videos and text messages that prove it.

Police arrested 18-year-old Dunlap and charged him with several crimes, claiming he was part of a group of people committing break-ins, who were spotted leaving neighborhoods in a black SUV and pursued by police before jumping and running to get away. Police eventually caught five suspects.  

Dunlap's sister, Tamia Richardson, says there's no way Dunlap was part of the crime spree because he was home all day with her and their father.  

"He was making cinnamon toast," Richardson said.

Relatives say Dunlap posted a video to social media Tuesday as well, showing him at home playing video games and bragging about his score.

Dunlap's mother, Kim Richardson, has text messages from her son where he tells her cops are all over the house and he could leave to gas up his car.

Dunlap's girlfriend says they exchanged text messages Tuesday afternoon as well, with Dunlap taking pictures outside his window and telling his girlfriend a SWAT team was there.

"He was wondering why they were there, he didn't know they thought he was a suspect," Dunlap's sister said

Relatives say the video and text messages happened in and around the time cops were pursuing at least four breaking and entering suspects around town, before it ended in the Colony Acres Drive-area of west Charlotte.

Relatives say Dunlap's only mistake was deciding to gas up his car and then changing his mind due to the heavy police presence and going back inside his house.

Dunlap's mother wants all charges dropped.

"Want them expunged, want an apology, I would want his record cleared," Kim Richardson said.

His mother says he works at a clothing store, has been in two movies, local plays and is a regular at the Children's Theater of Charlotte.

Richardson also says her son doesn't know the other four people arrested.

"It's a nightmare, I hate this for him because he's never been in trouble before," she said.

CMPD says one of their officers identified Dunlap as someone who ran into the home in addition to a state trooper who identified Dunlap as someone in the vehicle who also ran into the home.