How a Miami kidnapping suspect walked free after being charged with attempted abductions
A recent Florida kidnapping case highlights the importance of having a knowledgeable and aggressive attorney on your side. When faced with criminal charges, it is important to seek help from someone who can stand up to prosecutors who are willing to go to great lengths to obtain a criminal conviction.
Marshawn Andrews, 25, walked out of the Miami-Dade courthouse a free man on January 13. The authorities dropped multiple charges against him, including aggravated battery, attempted sexual battery on a minor, and lewd and lascivious conduct.
Andrews was accused of attempting to kidnap several teenage girls in Miami last year. In December, a Miami Police officer spotted him trying to pick up two young women in his car at two separate locations. He was arrested because his appearance matched the suspect description for attempted abductions of teenage girls previously reported in the area between August and December.
However, the charges against him were dropped due to a lack of evidence. The State Attorney’s Office found that although Andrews’ behavior was “alarming and suspicious,” he could not be connected to the previous attempted kidnapping incidents.
Two victims picked Andrews out of a photo lineup as the man who tried to kidnap them. However, both victims did not get a clear look at their attacker. In addition, one of the victims’ statements contained “contradictory evidence.” At his bond court appearance in December, Andrews’ attorney called it a “case of mistaken identity.”
Kidnapping is a first-degree felony in Florida. The offense is considered extremely serious, especially if the victim is a minor. If the kidnapping also involves sexual battery, aggravated child abuse, or lewd or lascivious conduct, the accused could face life imprisonment. Redavid Law PLLC is ready to help you fight these charges.