Greenville Man Wrongly Arrested, Taken To Jail For A Week

Authorities say a 44-year-old North Carolina man spent a week in jail because he has the same name of a suspect 23 years younger.

Jesse Ray Hardy Jr. of Greenville was arrested Monday, then taken to jail 160 miles away to face charges of resisting an officer, breaking and entering and failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Court officials say the real suspect shares the same name and hometown, but is not related.

The mix-up wasn't realized until Friday, despite court appearances in both Pitt and Guilford counties.

Judge Susan Bray apologized to Hardy as she worked to get him released.

But he didn't have a way home.

Bray, prosecutors, defense attorneys and bailiffs collected $58 to buy Hardy lunch and a bus ticket back home.

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  • by pete Location: grifton on Oct 17, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    All they are interested in is a conviction and they don't care to here what the man said.false arrest and imprisonment.I am surprised they didn't beat him.remember Mike nyfong and the Duke Lacrosse team?Texas had to turn loose 6 men with upwards of 26 years they had served on average and DNA testing proved they did not do the crimes.
  • by Data Man on Oct 16, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    To Jeff, I have to agree with you. When you are no stranger to the law you open yourself up for things like this. Im sorry but that is what I teach my children.
  • by Warrant for Jeff Location: PCDC on Oct 14, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    Jeff, easy there buddy. You are certainly assuming a lot aren't you fried. "he would have probably been up to no good if he wasn't locked up". How about we get the sheriff to come down and pick you up. I think you are probably up to no good. How does that sound?
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Oct 14, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    Mistakes happen. Sure. You would think the age difference would give it away. But if the guy being arrested had a criminal history anyway, he would have probably been up to no good if he wasn't locked up. Sure he could have stood up and proclaimed his innocence. But his words aren't very credible if he is no stranger to the po po anyway. I'm not cold hearted. I just don't show much mercy for career criminals.
  • by The real story Location: Greenville on Oct 13, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    As posted by someone below, this guy was already in custody on valid Pitt Co.charges when the arrest warrant was served for Guilford co. by the police dept. This guy was taken to the magistrate's office and had the opportunity to speak up. It's true the arresting officer should have questioned the sizable age discrepancy, but once the order had been served the sheriff is obligated to hold him for the other co.
  • by Crazy on Oct 13, 2009 at 04:55 PM
    This is insane... What in the world, how did this happen?
  • by get real on Oct 13, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    who cares i cant beleve witn is giving thes clown this exposure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • by Cocerned Location: Greenville, N. C. on Oct 13, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    I gotcha Mel! (smile)
  • by Me Location: Greenville on Oct 13, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    Hey buddies, This story will make AP nation wide and he'll come out to the good in the end. Sometimes stupid mistakes on someone's part end up being to the good on the victim's part. Lawyers will be contacting him left and right to represent him.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Oct 13, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    A large "oversight" on looking at all the information on the said person to be arrested.Looking at the age alone would have prevented this.Could have been a cop who argued with his wife before leaving,or maybe a cop with a loved one in the Hospital.Sometimes things happen and only the one's closest to the situation knows how or why it really happened.

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