Somewhere, a man named Leonardo Silva Oliveira is on the run from the laws of South Florida.
Elsewhere in South Florida, another man, Leonardo Silva Oliveira, was jailed for five days because, according to his attorney, police saw a man with the same name, same birthday, and different birthdays. the other man less than two weeks.
The first Oliveira, who was arrested for burglary and grand theft in 2017, is wanted in Palm Beach County for probation violations, according to the Coconut Creek Police Department.
But the second Oliveira, a 26-year-old chef, was arrested at the restaurant where he worked on January 20, accused of being the first Oliveira. Aside from having the same name, both men have medium-length black hair, and the fugitive Oliveira was born 10 days before the chef.
Scotty Leamon, a spokesman for the Coconut Creek Police Department, said the arrest was “based on the totality” of his officers’ possession.
He said the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office contacted his department on January 19, explaining that it had a wanted warrant for Mr. Oliveira, the fugitive, and that he had an address in Coconut Creek, east West Fort Lauderdale.
“License matches, pictures match, Social Security numbers match,” Mr. Leamon said on Thursday. Mr. Leamon also said that one of his officers took a picture of Mr. Oliveira and sent it to a Palm Beach County deputy, who verified that Mr. Oliveira was the man they were looking for.
Oliveira, the chef, was booked into the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
An attorney for Mr. Oliveira said his client had insisted to authorities that they had the wrong person. “His pleas to undo this terrible mistake have left everyone in the system deaf,” he said in a statement.
“At some point after Oliveira was sent to prison, he claimed he was not the individual named on the subpoena,” Carey Codd, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said in a statement. on Thursday.
Mr. Oliveira told The Sun Sentinel, report his arrest on Wednesday, authorities should have realized he was in the wrong because he was only 10 days old and had no tattoos. A police report from 2017 said fugitive Oliveira had a tattoo of buildings on his left arm and a clock on his right.
“They examined my arm,” Mr. Oliveira told The Sentinel. “They didn’t see anything. But they still put me in.”
His attorney, Mr. Castañeda, said in an interview that “the tattoo is an obvious tribute, the descriptions don’t match, the birth dates don’t match.” He also said that his client had never been arrested before, and that he was hired a few days after Mr. Oliveira was taken to jail.
His client was released on Tuesday, when officials discovered that his fingerprints did not match those of the fugitive. Mr Castañeda said the experience was “a nightmare” for the client and his family.
“You can imagine the joy when he’s out,” he said. “He’s very excited.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/us/florida-man-mistaken-identity.html Man detained for 5 days for mistaken identity, says his lawyer