Man cleared of rape charges after months in jail

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who spent five months in the Kent County jail on rape charges before he was cleared says his life has been destroyed and he has not gotten an apology from police and prosecutors who put him behind bars.

The alleged crime occurred on Dec. 28 in the 4200 block of Oak Park Drive SE near 44th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue. A woman told police she was assaulted around 1:30 a.m. by a man who ran away after the attack. Around two weeks later, police said they had their man: 31-year-old Xavier Jujuan Davis.

"I said, 'What are you guys going to do when you realize you have the wrong person? What are you going to do when you realize you’ve made a mistake?'" Davis told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday.

It would take six months for authorities to admit they were wrong and drop the charges against Davis. The victim has now stopped cooperating with police, essentially ending the case.

Davis has a record that includes home invasion and for peeping in Allendale in 2012, for which he spent time in prison.

Full story: WOOD TV


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