Va. man released after mistaken arrest
A Spotsylvania County man who was arrested last week and accused of trying to abduct a 9-year-old boy was released from jail Thursday and cleared of all charges after Spotsylvania sheriff’s deputies investigated further and realized that they had charged the wrong man.
Carl F. Rice, 51, was arrested and jailed without bond May 17 after the boy told sheriff’s deputies that a man driving a pickup truck had pulled over and offered him a ride. The boy refused and called his mother on a cellphone. Spotsylvania sheriff’s officials said in a news release that another man who looked similar to Rice did have contact with the boy, but that “the interaction was benign, however, and no crime occurred.”
The sheriff’s office issued a news release with Rice’s photo at the time of his arrest. He was released about 3 p.m. Thursday from the Rappahannock Regional Jail, said his attorney, Christopher Amolsch.
“Mr. Rice is an innocent man who spent a week in jail for absolutely no reason,” Amolsch said. “We all understand that the community needs to be protected, but this is a tragedy for Mr. Rice, and one that should have never happened in the first place.”
— Tom Jackman
Washington Post Editors
May 27, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
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