Wrong man arrested after threats over Facebook

Andrew Chandler claimed there had to be a mistake, because he didn't use Facebook to threaten his ex-girlfriend.
AP Wire
Mar 21, 2014

But there they were — Chandler's name and photo — online, leading police in West Michigan's Wyoming to arrest the Grand Rapids-area man.

"I just started crying," Chandler told WOOD-TV. "I'm like, 'I know it wasn't me.'"

Chandler, of Kentwood, was arrested last summer, spent a month in jail and was forced to wear an electronic tether after his release on bond.

His ex-girlfriend, Mackenzie Maas, believed it was Chandler who sent the messages.

"I was scared," Maas said. "I really thought someone was going to come kill me."

Eventually, Facebook tracked down the origins of the page and forwarded the information to police. That led to the arrest of another man, Jamal Johnson.

Johnson was charged earlier this year with identity theft, aggravated stalking, interfering with electronic communications and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

Johnson told the television station Wednesday that he didn't create the Facebook page.

"I think the justice system did work. It took some time," Wyoming Police Department Capt. Kim Koster said.

Chandler appears to be taking it all in stride.

"It can happen to anybody, honestly," he said.

Comments

Admin14

The "justice system WORKED"? Really?
We will see how it worked after WPD gets sued. Obviously due diligence was not practiced here. Why didn't WPD track down th origin of the computer in the first place?

FanoBucs

Maybe Chandler should talk to a lawyer. He has a case!

TooMuch

Wyoming City Police must be in dire need of a detective, a lie detector and some common sense! How sad for Mr. Chandler to have been wronged by the justice system so badly!!!

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