(KMOV.com) - A local teenager says he spent 35 days in jail after police beat a confession out of him for a crime he did not commit.
On Sunday, police arrested and filed charges against 18-year-old Timmy Gilbert for allegedly breaking into a south St. Louis home and kidnapping and raping a girl in December.
Since then, the family of 17-year-old Dylan Crites contacted News 4. The family said he was also a suspect in the crime and that police went over the line to try and pin it on him.
“They told me ‘you’ve been accused of robberies,’ Crites recalls police telling him when they arrested him at his high school and took him into custody. “’Rapes, breaking and entering into other people’s places and robbing them.’”
Crites said for five hours, he was beaten and intimidated by police.
“The first time they hit me right in the chest, then they were hitting on top of my head right here,” he said. “I had a knot on my head. And they choked me up against the door, double-handed up against the door, picked me up.”
"I'm getting smacked around, punched in the top of my head," he said. "I was thrown out of a chair, thrown onto the chair, being choked up against the door."
Crites said he wasn’t read his Miranda rights until police forced a confession out of him for the alleged crime of demanding money from a sports bar employee. He said he didn’t get a phone call for two days.
After a DNA test was performed, police said Gilbert, not Crites, was now the suspect.
Crites’ family now says if Gilbert committed both crimes, police should admit his confession was not credible and drop the charges.
“I don’t trust them at all. I wouldn’t want to call them if I needed help, who do you call, ‘cause who do you trust?” said Crites’ mom, Leslie Smith.
Crites was finally bonded out of jail after 35 days, a nightmare because of a confession he says he made, to stop getting beaten.
“I’m thinking, ‘who’s going to save me, they’re cops.’ Like there’s no justice for me, what do I do from here,” he said.
News 4 will be keeping a close eye on the situation and ff the family files a complaint and let you know what the police department’s internal investigation finds.