Kidnapping Charges Dropped Against Truck Driver After “New Evidence” Discovered
Ramsey County, Minnesota – Authorities have dropped kidnapping charges against a 31-year-old truck driver after prosecutors said “new evidence” was discovered in the case.
The Ramsey County attorney’s office announced this week it had dropped charges against Cedar Hill, Texas-truck driver, Demarcus Kenneth Green, after authorities arrested him last month.
Green was accused of kidnapping a 23-year-old woman he met on the dating site PlentyOfFish.com.
According to court documents in the case, the St. Louis woman agreed to meet with Green, an over-the-road truck driver, on his way through town.
The two met on May 5 to eat and smoke marijuana, according to prosecutors.
The woman told police the next thing she knew she awoke in the top bunk of the sleeper of Green’s semi-truck on May 7.
The two of them were no longer in St. Louis either.
They were now in St. Paul, Minnesota.
According to the complaint against Green, the woman said when she awoke she was only wearing underwear.
Additionally, she claims she was missing her pearl earrings and money.
The complaint also alleges Green was videotaping her.
She told authorities she was able to get her cellphone and call her sister for help.
According to investigators, her sister said she could hear Green threatening to “kill” the woman.
The alleged victim then told investigators she tried to escape the big rig, but Green grabbed her and wouldn’t let her leave.
The criminal complaint added that when Green reached a weigh station off of Interstate 94 in Minnesota, the woman called 911, and told the operator she wanted “to go home.”
She also told the operator that a man in an 18-wheeler raped her and took her money.
She eventually managed to get away from Green and jumped out of the truck near Hudson Road and Van Dyke Street, court documents said.
Police later arrested Green while making a delivery at a glass factory in Shakopee on May 7.
Green disputed the woman’s allegations.
He contended she agreed to travel with him across state lines and the two of them engaged in consensual sex two times during their trip.
Further, he said the woman had taken a mood stabilizing drug along with sleeping medication and Tylenol.
He said he never raped or kidnapped her and alleged the woman was making it up because he refused to pay for a bus ticket to send her back to St. Louis.
Dennis Gerhardstein, spokesman for Ramsey County prosecutors, said new evidence obtained in the case led to the decision to drop the charges against Green.
“As the investigation continued after we charged the case, we were presented with new evidence that contradicted our understanding of what happened and posed a significant barrier in our ability to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Gerhardstein said.
Green was facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted.