Prince William County police announced today that a man arrested for petit larceny, and who is being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys.
“The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.,” said Sgt. Jonathon Perok in a prepared statement.
Officers checked the information the suspect gave through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles database. The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody.
Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided, Perok said.
At this point, the police department is confident in confirming that Whitehead’s identity was falsely provided to police during the investigation, the sergeant said.
The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the shoplifting incident.
Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Whitehead from this investigation.
“The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family,” Perok said.
The Dallas Cowboys released wide receiver Lucky Whitehead, an Osbourn High School graduate, hours after learning he was wanted for failure to appear in court in Prince William County.
Whitehead, 25, was scheduled to appear in court on July 6 on a petty larceny charge involving a June 22 shoplifting at the Wawa at Daniel Stuart Square in Woodbridge, said Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus.
There is an outstanding warrant for his arrest, Probus said.
The shoplifting occurred about 1:30 a.m. Police are not saying what was stolen, but Probus said the value was under $200.
Whitehead played football for Osbourn, attended Florida Atlantic University and joined the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.
On Monday, the team announced his release after news broke of his June arrest.
The announcement came as the team's first training camp practice got underway in Oxnard.
"During Monday’s morning walkthrough, news broke that Whitehead was reportedly charged with misdemeanor larceny for shoplifting in his home state of Virginia on June 22, then charged for failing to appear for a July 6 court date," the Cowboys' news release said.
"After the walkthrough, head coach Jason Garrett told reporters he first learned of Whitehead’s reported arrest as he came off the practice field and said the team would gather more information before deciding a course of action."