Although it can be easy to assume that a news release of a recent arrest is reporting the facts as they occurred, this is not always the case. The initial details of an arrest can be based on unreliable information, which may be questioned later on. This critical analysis can be especially important when an individual is facing felony charges in a New York court, which can bring with them serious penalties if convicted.
A recent news release had pointed to a man as being responsible for an attempted kidnapping of a jogger. The man is alleged to have approached the woman and asked her for directions. According to the woman, the man got out of his vehicle with a weapon and forced her into his truck.
The woman was able to escape and notify police of the incident. Acting on an undisclosed lead, police located a 29-year-old man who matched the description they had of the assailant. He was taken into custody and is being held on $100,000 bail.
Although an arrest was quickly made in this case, this does not mean that New York police have the right individual in custody. Looking at what identifying factors the police relied on in making the arrest — and determining whether the defendant was even in the vicinity of the attack when it is alleged to have occurred — may be helpful in painting a picture different from that which has been portrayed thus far. If details do emerge that contradict law enforcement’s version of events, it will surely be all the more difficult for a prosecutor to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
Source: steubencourier.com, “Arrest made in jogger attack,” John Zick, June 24, 2013