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Man sues Iowa county over wrongful arrest, 2-month jail stay

Man sues Iowa county over wrongful arrest, 2-month jail stay

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Arizona man who was arrested, transported cross-country and jailed for a robbery that he didn't commit is suing the Iowa prosecutor responsible for charging him.

Joseph McBride spent two months in custody after authorities arrested him in Phoenix in August.

The 23-year-old was among three people charged for a Jan. 1, 2017, home invasion in his hometown of Cedar Rapids — even though he had proof he was 1,500 miles (2415 kilometers) away. Investigators never spoke with him before his arrest.

McBride's lawsuit alleges that the complaint signed by Linn County Attorney Vander Sanden contained materially false statements, including that police had "phone records and social media" suggesting he was involved.

Vander Sanden says the charge was based on a "good-faith belief that the victim was correct in the identification."