(Memphis) – Charges are dropped against a man police accused of robbing and torturing several people. Darnell Yancey, 28, was arrested February 7th after police accused him of going into a home at 1210 Pera Street, tying up four people and torturing them with drills and hammers.
They said he even sodomized one of the victims with a broomstick.
“It affected me bad because now people ride through and see me and look at me all different kinds of ways because they had me on the news,” Yancey said.
Monday Yancey’s name was cleared, and after 34 days in jail he was released.
“I was relieved,” he said.
The Shelby County District Attorney’s office dropped the charges saying they “determined there was insufficient evidence to sustain the charges against the defendant.”
Yancey said officers couldn’t find evidence against him because there was none.
“I didn’t do it,” he said. “In this case they didn’t do their job.”
Yancey believes the reason he was accused of the crime is because one of the victim’s cars was stolen from the scene and was burnt in a field just blocks from his home.
“The detective told me I had something to do with it because they found the car on the street.”
Yancey said he knows one of the victims from the neighborhood. He even talked to him this morning.
“The victims told them I didn’t do it, but they didn’t tell that part of the story,” he said.
People who live near the crime scene hope police will now hunt down the real culprits who committed crimes neighbor Darrell Ware called “heartless.”
“I hope they catch them and lock them up for good,” Ware said
Yancey has a different request to officers.
“I hope they leave me alone,” he said.
The affidavit said that two people were responsible for the crime, but the only person ever arrested was Yancey.