Search for homicide suspect leads to false alarms
Man visiting San Diego mistakenly detained
Last Updated: 305 days ago
SAN DIEGO - With law enforcement on high alert during their massive manhunt for triple-homicide suspect Christopher Dorner, the risk of false alarms goes up.
Greg Pruitt had just flown in to San Diego on business and found out the hard way just how seriously authorities are taking reports of Dorner sightings.
It wasn't the red rental convertible that drew attention to Pruitt -- it was him, and he realized he had reason to worry when he looked in the rearview mirror and saw officers with guns drawn.
"They yelled for me to put my hands up. I put my hands up, got out of the car like they told me to and backed up to them like they told me. [I] got on my knees and they put me in cuffs," said Pruitt.
When police examined Pruitt's ID from his wallet, they could see it did not match Dorner, but it helped that there was someone there to vouch for him.
"Thanks for my boss being here and me having ID on me, you know, to keep me clear," said Pruitt.
Pruitt's experience less than an hour after flying into San Diego was not isolated. 10News cameras captured the image of a man at Naval Base Point Loma who could be seen near a gray truck similar to the one authorities had been looking for. Later, it appeared as though law enforcement officials detained him as well.
Reports of police stopping trucks or people who matched descriptions came in from various parts of Southern California as authorities stopped people out of an abundance of caution.
As for Pruitt, a big man who does not scare easily, the incident left him unnerved and hoping for resolution.
"So the night shift doesn't mistake me for that same person," he said.
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