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Wrong Man Arrested, PBSO Blames Coconut Creek Police

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Coconut Creek Police, According To Report, Wanted To Let “The Jail” Sort Out Someone’s Identity.

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The case of a mistaken identity that’s getting national attention just took a new turn.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says Coconut Creek Police didn’t do the police work that they should have done when executing a warrant out of Palm Beach County. The result: a man with the same name, and same job, as someone wanted on a warrant was taken into custody and held for five days. Coconut Creek is in Broward County, just south of Boca Raton.

The Sun Sentinel broke the story here. It is now being reported worldwide.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office just released its official documentation, showing that a PBSO Detective told Coconut Creek police to essentially do the job they’re supposed to do before arresting Leonardo Oliveira. According to PBSO, Coconut Creek police decided to “let the jail sort it out” instead of taking investigative steps to ensure the right person was being arrested.

“I TOLD SGT. MCMANUS (AT COCONUT CREEK) THAT IT WAS HIS DETERMINATION TO MAKE AND THAT HE SHOULD NOT ARREST THE PERSON IF HE FELT IT WASN’T THE RIGHT PERSON. SGT. MCMANUS STATED HE FELT COMFORTABLE MOVING FORWARD SINCE EVERYTHING ELSE MATCHED AND ADVISED THAT IT WOULD GET SORTED OUT AT THE JAIL.”

Read the complete police report, below. The wrong Oliveira was released from jail and has retained an attorney.

22-029892-Offense-Report-redacted

 

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