Mistaken identity victim demands answers after armed Cambridgeshire police arrest in Peterborough home

Peter Mujuru with his sons Brandon, Ryan and Junior EMN-150414-173304009
Peter Mujuru with his sons Brandon, Ryan and Junior EMN-150414-173304009
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A victim of mistaken identity is demanding answers after armed police surrounded his home and arrested him.

Peter Mujuru (32) feared he might be shot or tasered before officers handcuffed him in front of his children,

My girlfriend was shaking. It was the worst feeling, it was so scary.

Peter Mujuru

The incident took place in Poplar Avenue, Dogsthorpe, on the evening of Sunday, March 29.

Cambridgeshire police have confirmed the incident was one of mistaken identity and are investigating a formal complaint from Mr Mujuru.

Mr Mujuru said officers kicked at his door and ordered him to come out.

When his partner Ruta Sakalauskaite opened the door, four firearms officers are said to have been outside carrying weapons.

Mr Mujuru claims he was then handcuffed in front of his three sons, aged one, six and nine, and that the loud exchanges caused neighbours to come out of their homes to see what was going on.

Mr Mujuru said: “I was in shock and thinking ‘is this really happening’?

“They said someone had told them a man had a knife.

“I told them I had just come from the Spar with chocolate.

“They let me go after 10 minutes, after making phone calls, but there was no apology.

“My girlfriend was shaking. It was the worst feeling, it was so scary. I would not want anyone to go through that experience, it was horrible.

“I thought they were going to shoot or taser me. My kids are really, really traumatised.”

Mr Mujuru said an officer had been to see him last week but had not given him any answers as to why the incident occurred.

He added: “I’m very angry, we were in tears. I’ve got lots of questions but had no answers.

“They can’t tell me anything because there is still an investigation.”

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire police said: “Police were contacted at 7.20pm on March 29 to initial reports of a man at an address in Heath Row, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, threatening the occupants with a weapon.

“Firearms officers attended and arrested a man close by who matched the description given of the suspect.

“The man was searched and was not found to be carrying a weapon, so was released with no further action.

“A formal complaint is now being investigated, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The spokeswoman added that no further arrests have been made following the original incident they were contacted about.