'Model citizen' mistaken as robbery suspect

A man who tried to help a robbery victim instead wound up incorrectly accused of the crime thanks to surveillance video and a faulty witness.

Sixty-one-year-old Randolph Jackson was heading to work last week in his white Cadillac Escalade when he stopped at a mailbox.

Jackson heard a woman screaming for help, jumped back in his SUV and drove to a nearby grocery store to call police.

The store's video camera taped Jackson hurrying inside, waiting at a customer service counter and then leaving. When Jackson returned to his car, a friend who was riding with him said someone had helped the woman. So the two continued to work.

Then police released that video footage and said the man in it was suspected of robbing and pistol-whipping the woman.

But detectives met with Jackson and agreed that he was not the robbery suspect.


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