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Innocent mom calls arrest a 'nightmare'

By Tillie Fong, Rocky Mountain News
August 27, 2005

A woman wrongly identified as a suspect in a domestic violence case was pulled from her car, handcuffed and strip- searched earlier this summer at the Jefferson County Jail.

Mercedes "Mercy" Archuleta, 45, said it was the most traumatic day of her life.

"I never thought anything like this could happen," said Archuleta, mother of nine children. "I felt like I was in one big nightmare.

"I felt so humiliated. I couldn't face my children because I felt ashamed."

Lakewood police have admitted they made a mistake and have reprimanded a detective involved in the case.


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