CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Video games and social media are the only constants in 18-year-old Milton “Trey” Dunlap’s life right now. Last month, he was arrested outside his south Charlotte home, accused in a string of break-ins.
Dunlap’s mug shot was taken. He spent three nights in jail and was even fitted with an ankle monitor. He says, “Seventeen charges and 10 felonies, that’s a lotta trouble.”
But the police were wrong. The state trooper who arrested Dunlap later said he misidentified him. Dunlap’s social media accounts also helped prove he was on his mother’s couch playing video games and posting on Instagram when those break-ins happened. As he explains, “(It’s) basically a digital fingerprint.”
And now, we’re learning more about what else happened that September day. “The trooper who ID’d him told him he shoulda shot him when he had the chance,” says Dunlap’s mother, Kim Richardson. She says, “That scares me. It scares me for the other kids that he may assume is (sic) guilty.”
We are told that state trooper is currently an active employee, but that the agency is aware of what he said to the teen that day. We’re working to learn more about whether he is being investigated, or if he faces any disciplinary action. Richardson says, “I don’t want him to be working anymore. I don’t want him to be a trooper anymore.”
Dunlap isn’t working either. Even though he’s been cleared of any wrongdoing, the recent high school graduate says his employer — a clothing store at a local mall — won’t even take his calls. Dunlap says, “Nothing’s the same. My whole life has changed.”
Dunlap is in therapy to help him work through what happened. He’s been told it’ll take six months to get those 17 charges expunged from his record. His mother has hired several attorneys, and they are considering their next steps.