Man says police accused him twice of St. Charles gas station robbery

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by Ruella Rouf /KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 5:25 AM

(KMOV) -- Michael Hankins says police mistakenly accused him of a crime not once, but twice in the same day.

Hankins, 21, says St. Charles Police stopped him after he left the Ameristar Casino around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“There’s been a robbery and you fit the description," Hawkins said police told hime, "Please step out of your vehicle."

The officer thought Hankins was the man who robbed a BP gas station on Fifth Street. But after the officer saw him up close, Hankins was released.

After the first encounter, the same police officer pulled him over again just a few blocks away. This time, the officer took Hankins to the BP station to face a witness

But, the witness cleared Hankins of being the robber. 

The officer apologized, but Hankins still ended up at the police unit.

The officer stated his license plate came up as ‘stolen’, which Hankins said was untrue. The car was impounded and is being held until Hankins can come up with the money for the fines to get it out.

The St. Charles County Police have no comment, but Hankins still questions why he was a repeated target.

The real suspect is still on the loose.

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