ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Police in St. Clair Shores, Mich., said they mistakenly arrested the twin brother of a man suspected of trying to kill his former wife.
St. Clair Shores Police Detective Jason Brown said while investigators were looking to arrest David Eugene Sowers on suspicion of trying to smother his ex-wife, the suspect's twin brother was instead taken into custody, The Detroit News said Thursday.
Brown said the unidentified 35-year-old brother was released Wednesday after fingerprints proved he was not his wanted sibling.
"They are fraternal, but bordering on identical," Brown said. "They are that close (in appearance). The only way to tell them apart was through the fingerprints. And then we let him go."
Sowers is accused of trying to place a plastic bag into the mouth of his ex-wife, who was not identified, at her St. Clair Shores home last Friday. Police said after the woman bit her assailant's fingers, he tried smothering her with a pillow before she was able to escape.
The Detroit News said Sowers, who will face felony charges of assault with intent to murder and first-degree home invasion once apprehended, is on probation for stalking his ex-wife.