Police, Marshals Raid Wrong Home While Midwest City Boy Home Alone

Monday, June 20th 2011, 11:17 pm
By: News 9

Dana Hertneky, News 9

MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma -- A Midwest City woman has accused Oklahoma City police officers of raiding and ransacking her home in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity.

And it all happened while her 12-year-old son was home alone.

The Oklahoma City Police Department was conducting a gang sweep Thursday, June 16, and looking for known gang members. U.S. Marshals were along to assist.

Christina Jack was at work when officers showed up at her door. Her son, Devon, was the only one home when the officers walked into the house and told him they were looking for a man named Jason. Jason is the name of Christina's boyfriend.

Devon says the officers, with guns drawn, began searching the house.

"My heart was beating fast. I had a whole bunch of thoughts in my mind," Devon said.

When officers came up empty-handed, Devon told them he knew where Jason might be. He says that's when officers put him in a car so he could show them where to go.

During that ride, police discovered they had the wrong Jason.

"They didn't specify a last name, which had they done from the get-go, or even shown a picture, he could have clearly told them you have the wrong house," Christina said.

Police say Devon was cooperative the whole time.

"They were appreciative of his efforts," Oklahoma City Police Capt. Patrick Stewart said.

Officers from both the Oklahoma City Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service were involved in the incident, and both departments say they are investigating.

"It's a learning lesson for all involved and hopefully we can get through this and investigate it and see if something needs to happen," Capt. Stewart said.

Devon's mom, however, says at the very least she and her son deserve an apology.

"It's unacceptable for a 12-year-old child to be scared in his own home," Christina said.