LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "It was hard, it was tough. Being in jail for something you didn't do," Bryant D. Davis explains. Davis would have never imagined something like this happening to him-especially NOT in front of his own house in Little Rock.
Davis continues, "He asked me, did you have any warrants? I was like no. He ran it and was like man, I thought you didn't have any warrants and I said I don't. He said it shows that shows that you have a warrant out of Bastrop, Louisiana."
Falsely accused, arrested and extradited to Morehouse Parish Jail in Bastrop, Louisiana, Davis spent a total of seven weeks behind bars, charged with bank fraud and attempt to commit bank fraud. He says, "I told him that day, that moment, I'm a victim of identity theft."
In surveillance video from September of 2012 in Bastrop Super Food, you can see a black male cashing a fraudulent check. This man used Davis' license, but that man is not Bryant Davis. Davis explains, "No one would help me in the situation, no one would talk to me or anything like that. They wouldn't even point me in the direction to go in."
Feeling like he had nowhere to turn, Davis reached out to his father to see what he could do. His dad, Bryant K. Davis says, "My main goal was to get him back here with us. We weren't stopping until we got him here."
Getting no cooperation from officials in Bastrop is what led Davis' dad to enlist help from a special investigator at the Arkansas Attorney General's office. He explains, "Got them to actually look at the video. And after they looked at the video, there was no question that they had the wrong person."
After spending nearly two months behind bars for a crime he did not commit, Davis and his family are thankful for the people who helped him prove his innocence. Now, he is on a mission to make sure this does not happen to anyone else. He says, "There's got to be a way, something that can be done to stop it."