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Scottsdale man clearing his name after wrongful arrest

Posted at 3:59 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 21:05:45-05

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — A Valley 20-year-old is trying to clear his name after being arrested for a horrific crime he never committed.

"He was trying to get me to confess, he was saying he had a pile of evidence," said Tyler O'Donnell about being interrogated by police following his arrest.

Tyler O'Donnell is now a free man.

The surveillance video from his family home shows the moment he was arrested.

"I saw the police vehicles, they all threw flash grenades at me, stunned me, and then aimed guns at me, were yelling at me," said O'Donnell.

O'Donnell says it all happened in his front yard as he was leaving his home. Officers stormed the front door, armed to the teeth.

"Had all my family members evacuate the house so they can search the house," said O'Donnell.

Video shows detectives rifling through cabinets and drawers.

O'Donnell says he was thrown in jail for two days, accused of an armed robbery and murder that took place on December 3 near 64th Street and Thunderbird Road.

"In my mind, I knew they didn't even have any evidence against me," said O'Donnell.

And for a good reason, O'Donnell had an alibi.

"They found that I was at the medical marijuana dispensary at the time of the murder," said O'Donnell.

Surveillance cameras show O'Donnell at the dispensary the day of the armed robbery and murder.

A 19-year-old named Camden Oberndorfer was also arrested in connection to the crime.

Phoenix police claim that had probable cause to arrest O'Donnell, telling ABC15 he was accused of being the gunman by Oberndorfer.

"They owe some explanation," said O'Donnell.

The entire ordeal has left O'Donnell and his family shaken to their core.

O'Donnell worries his reputation is now permanently damaged thanks to him being labeled a murder suspect online.

"I had people saying for me to like rot in hell, like that I'm a horrible person," said O'Donnell of the posts on different social media sites.

Now working to clear his name, O'Donnell's demanding police take a hard look at how this case played out.

"I mean, they treated me like I was guilty until proven innocent," said O'Donnell.

O'Donnell and his family say they plan on hiring an attorney to sue Phoenix police over his wrongful arrest.

Phoenix police announced on Friday the arrest of a second suspect in the case.

Twenty-year-old Francisco Gonzales has been taken into custody charged with robbery and first-degree murder.

KNXV Francisco Gonzales mug