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Freddie Gray arrest documents drawn up for wrong people

Arrest documents for 2 officers in Freddie Gray case were drawn up for wrong people

When charges were announced Friday against Alicia White for the death of Freddie Gray, her phone started buzzing from journalists and bail bondsmen. 

The problem was, they were calling the wrong Alicia White. The elementary school cafeteria manager from East Baltimore was not the Baltimore Police sergeant charged with manslaughter in the high-profile police custody death - even though court records listed her.

The Sun was among those who contacted the other White on Friday based on the information in court records, seeking comment from her or her family.

"The middle initial was off. Her address, her height, her weight, her driver's license number - all of the information was my client's information," said Jeremy Eldridge, an attorney who says he has been hired by the resident.

"Her life has been a living hell the past four days," he said.

An attorney for Lt. Brian Rice said his client's information was also entered incorrectly when prosecutors filed charges, but declined further comment.

On Friday evening, Tammy and Brian Rice of Brunswick, Md. said they were receiving multiple calls from reporters looking for the lieutenant. Brian Rice of Brunswick is a plumber, they said.

The Baltimore Sheriff's Office, which assisted the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office in charging the officers, declined to comment and referred questions to prosecutors, who could not immediately be reached. 

Eldridge said no one ever tried to arrest his client, which he attributes to the officers' surrenders being coordinated by authorities. But he believes officials showed a reckless disregard for White's safety by entering incorrect information in the public database. 

"In light of the violence and emotion our city has seen, to not send someone out and tell her, 'Hey, we issued a warrant for you by mistake' is unreal," Eldridge said.

Court records now show a general mailing address for the Baltimore Police Department for each of the officers. 

Each of the charged officers posted bail and were released the same day the charges were filed.

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