Honor student Tiarra Brown was arrested last Thursday at Casa Academy in Southwest Baltimore while practicing in a graduation rehearsal on attempted murder charges by mistake, msnbc.com reports.
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She spent four days in central booking, missing her graduation.
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But, when prosecutors realized that police had arrested the wrong person, they began the process of having the charges dropped. Her mother, Catia Brown, is baffled at the mix-up.
“That’s not her profile. She’s an honor roll student. She has scholarships going to college June 21. She did track and field. She worked all year to pay for her graduation, and she missed graduation for a misunderstanding,” the girl’s mother said.
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A warrant was issued for the May 6 stabbing of a woman outside of the Half Mile Track nightclub in Baltimore. The crime took place around 1:30 a.m. Baltimore city police arrested Brittany Johnson and charged her in connection with the stabbing soon after.
However, at some point during the investigation into the crime, someone dropped the ball:
But officials told 11 News that someone close to the victim saw a court commissioner and swore out a complaint against Tiara Brown, and she was locked up with no questions asked. Several days later, police said they noticed a warrant for Tiarra Brown and wondered who she was and what connection she had to the case.
“It was negligence on their side, and I think it’s disgraceful to just pick a person out and charge them without investigating,” Catia Brown said. “She’s always in the house. She’s too young to go to a club. She’s never been to a club a day in her life.”
Police and prosecutors now said the warrant was wrongfully issued by a court commissioner and that Tiarra Brown committed no crime.
Once they said they realized what happened, the investigating detective and the detective from the Warrant Apprehension Task Force went to the state’s attorney seeking Brown’s release.
She was released around 6 p.m. Monday into the custody of her elated parents (image of release to the right).
“This is the longest I’ve ever been away from (my parents),” the girl told 11 News after she was released. “I was real upset, but I prayed to God and read my Bible and knew the best thing for me was just to come home.”
The family says that police showed the stabbing victim and two witnesses a photo of Tiarra and they all said she was not involved in the incident.