Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Alleged carjacker’s identity confuses authorities

Antoine Dilworth (Photo: San Francisco Police Department)

The identity of a man accused of carjacking another man that he met in the Castro this summer continues to confuse authorities, a San Francisco Superior Court hearing this week showed.

Antoine Dilworth, 28, was arrested in July shortly after he allegedly stabbed a man he’d met near the bar Badlands, 4121 18th Street, and took his car. Dilworth has pleaded not guilty to felony carjacking and assault charges.

When he was arrested, Dilworth gave officers someone else’s name, and days later, police provided the Bay Area Reporter with a booking photo and other information that matched the other man, not Dilworth. Once his true identity was discovered, the B.A.R. corrected its initial story and is no longer using the other man’s name.

However, Dilworth’s initial effort to deceive police is still throwing off some people involved in the case.

During his preliminary hearing in October, Erin Crane, Dilworth’s attorney, repeatedly used the other man’s name to refer to her client, who was sitting a few feet away from her. Assistant District Attorney Tinnetta Thompson, the prosecutor handling the case that day, didn’t make the mistake.

After the hearing, Judge Richard Ulmer Jr. ruled there was sufficient evidence for Dilworth to stand trial on the charges against him. He was supposed to appear in court for his arraignment Tuesday, November 6.

But when it was time for the hearing, bailiffs brought out someone who doesn’t resemble Dilworth and apparently has the other man’s name.

“They brought the wrong man,” Crane said. She said that Dilworth has aliases and added, “I represent the real Antoine Dilworth, who is not here.”

Crane; Judge Newton Lam; Assistant District Attorney Donna Lee; and the bailiffs then spent several minutes trying to figure out how the other man had ended up there.

One bailiff said Dilworth isn’t in custody.

Lam, who already appeared irritated after mishaps that had occurred in other cases Tuesday morning, seemed to find the situation hard to believe.

“You did a prelim on the guy,” he told Crane. He noted that Dilworth is being held on $100,000 bail and said, “There’s got to be somebody in custody.”

Court records indicate that the mix-up was soon sorted out. According to the documents, Dilworth appeared later Tuesday and entered not guilty pleas to both charges.

A pretrial conference date was set for December 18. A trial date of January 18 has also been scheduled.

The other man’s name still appears on the original July complaint and in other records, with no indication that it’s an alias. A complaint containing charges that were added in recent weeks bears Dilworth’s name.

Captain Kathy Gordwood, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, said Friday, November 9 that an inmate matching Dilworth’s birthdate and charges is in custody under the other man’s name.

Besides the $100,000 bail for the carjacking charge, Dilworth’s also being held without bail for a felony motion to revoke probation, which means even if he had the money, he wouldn’t be able to bail out of custody.

Asked if she had any record of Dilworth, she would only say that she could confirm the inmate was booked in as the other man.

Court documents show Dilworth’s criminal history goes back to at least 2003 and includes previous charges of carjacking, commercial burglary, identity theft, and possession of methamphetamine.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 10, 2012 @ 8:51 pm PST
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