San Diego Police Department

Man Arrested With Walking Stick Will Not Face Charges: DA

No charges will be filed against the San Diego man who was arrested last week and accused of felony possession of a leaded cane and burglary tools.

Raymond Wiley, 66, of Encanto spoke with NBC 7 earlier this week about his arrest near Imperial Avenue around 6 a.m. on July 21.

He said he was stopped by a San Diego police officer and told to drop the wooden stick he was carrying. 

"I carry a wooden stick with me because I've been attacked by dogs before," Wiley said.

After learning Wiley was on federal parole for a narcotics charge, the officer searched him and found a key in his pocket. 

The San Diego Police Department said the key was shaved, or ground down on each side and made into a master key that could be used to break into cars. 

Wiley told NBC 7 the key was to a relative's car. 

Police also said they found rubber gloves on Wiley. Wiley said he had the gloves on him to use at work after his walk. He added he is a scrapper or someone who collects scrap metal for profit.

Police officials told NBC 7 Wiley had been looking into cars and casing them before the officer stopped and searched him.

The officer took Wiley to jail on $20,000 bail.

Later that night, the National Action Network raised $2,000 to get Wiley out. Wiley was released from custody Saturday morning.

After talking about this case with the media several times during the week, Wiley learned Friday the San Diego County District Attorney's Office has decided not to file criminal charges. 

"The District Attorney’s Office can only file criminal charges when we believe we can prove them beyond a reasonable doubt," according to the official statement from the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

San Diego Police Department spokesperson Lt. Scott Wahl said, “We respect the District Attorney’s decision not to move forward in this case.” 

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