Suspect Says He's Being Falsely Accused In Robbery

A man says he's being falsely accused of taking part in a serious crime.

Twenty-one-year-old Willie White of Bellevue was arrested last week and charged with armed robbery of a grocery store.

Police say they have evidence linking White to the crime, but the suspect says they've made a mistake.

White proclaimed his innocence after being booked for armed robbery earlier this month.

It's a claim he maintains nearly two weeks later.

"I was at Nick's house we were playing Call of Duty," White told Channel 6 News from the Sarpy County Jail.

White says he was playing video games with 22-year-old Nicholas Releford at the time of the robbery.

"Played 'Modern Warfare, Three' for 24 hours," he said. "And then I get a call from a detective. We need to talk to you for about ten minutes about an incident that happened at No Frills."

White, Releford and 20-year-old Travis Bowman are charged with an armed robbery at the No Frills store in Bellevue two weeks ago.

White maintains his innocence but police say cameras inside the store provided evidence against him connecting him to the crime.

White says that video is a point of contention.

He said he didn't rob the No Frills store.

"That's what I'm saying, I want to see the proof," he said. "Can they show me some proof?"

White says he's asked several times to see the video that led police to arrest him for the robbery.

"When I asked to see what they had, they said they couldn't till trial, he said. "But since they accuse me of something I think I got the right to see what you saw."

White said he was charged with shoplifting at a ShopKo store a short time ago, a misdemeanor. He said he was shown video of him committing the crime before he signed the ticket.

He doesn't understand why police can't show him the video of a more severe crime.

Bellevue police say the three men were picked up in the robbery after patrol officers recognized the suspects when the radio call went out.

Police are confident they arrested the right men.

"We understand and know the roles each of them played and they're being charged appropriately," Bellevue Police Captain Dave Stukenholtz said.

Meanwhile, Willie White remains behind bars, for a crime he says he didn't commit.

"I'm going to take care of this because I know that I'm innocent," he said.

White is being held on a $100,000 bond.

He said he doesn't have the money for bail.

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