The 54-year-old man who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly roughing up and robbing a 9-year-old in the Bronx last week has been released from jail. Michael Johnson has been charged with second-degree robbery for a theft which only netted $19, but his lawyer insisted that his client had been "misidentified" by 9-year-old victim Jaky Saunders. Prosecutors were unable to get an indictment within the required 144 hours after his arrest. “I think it’s a heinous charge, I think it’s terrible what happened to this 9-year-old boy," Johnson's brother, Tim, told the Post. "But I know for a fact that my brother didn’t carry out such a thing."

Johnson had an alibi for where he was when the incident happened around 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday August 8th—Jaky had been given a $20 bill by his aunt to go buy a $1 bar of soap at the corner bodega when he was accosted by a man in the vestibule of his building in the Fordham section of the Bronx. Johnson, who has 18 prior arrests and 13 misdemeanor convictions, still remains charged in the case, and is due back in court on October 4th.