Man with unique face tattoo falsely accused of crime - New York News

Mistaken identity: Man with unique face tattoo falsely accused of crime

Posted: Updated:
Dylan Vok's red lightning bolt tattoo Dylan Vok's red lightning bolt tattoo

The story starts with a mugging at knife point on New York's Staten Island.

The victim survived got a good look at his attacker: a young, white man with an unmistakable mark on his face -- a bright red lightning bolt from the forehead to the mouth.

Police searched the database and found 28-year-old New York resident Dylan Vok.

Only Dylan says he's innocent and he can prove it - because he moved to Detroit months before the crime happened.

The case seemed pretty open and shut, though. Vok was already in New York's criminal database, having been arrested once for vandalizing several cars with a skateboard and again for possession of weapon.

"I was transporting a sword because I couldn't keep it in the area anymore, and the police arrested me for being in possession of it," he tells FOX 2's Maurielle Lue. He says the sword was a prop for his park theater performance group.

Hoping to turn his life around, Vok says he moved to Detroit in October of 2011, three months before the robbery on Staten Island.

Police put Vok's picture in a photo line-up next to a few other men with Photoshopped red lighting bolt tattoos. The victim identified Vok as the attacker.

So, Vok knew he had to solve this case on his own by proving he was in Detroit at the time of the crime.

He mailed every time stamped receipt he could find to his public defender in New York. He found surveillance from his job at a chiropractor's office. He says he even sent time-stamped date logs from Facebook matching the IP addresses to the computer he was using.

"Who would possibly try to make it seem like I committed a crime like that? What's the real truth behind it? That's what I really want to know," Vok says. "I think it was someone with a grudge against me."

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Bratton: Islamic State group threat expanding

    Bratton: Islamic State group threat expanding

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:43:17 GMT
    New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
    New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
  • High-fiving strangers in NYC

    High-fiving strangers in NYC

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:01:29 GMT
    Looking for a taxi cab is a common sight in the city. For some people, an outstretched arm is usually the sign for hailing a cab. A few other folks see it as something else.Meet Meir Kalmanson. He sees a hand in the air as an opportunity to lighten up a person's serious or frantic state. Meir decided to high-five his way down Fifth Avenue. The video of his rebellion of social norms has gone viral.
    Looking for a taxi cab is a common sight in the city. For some people, an outstretched arm is usually the sign for hailing a cab. A few other folks see it as something else.Meet Meir Kalmanson. He sees a hand in the air as an opportunity to lighten up a person's serious or frantic state. Meir decided to high-five his way down Fifth Avenue. The video of his rebellion of social norms has gone viral.
  • Empire State Building Facebook review controversy

    Empire State Building Facebook review controversy

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:52:40 GMT
    When it comes to visiting New York City landmarks, half the fun is reviewing them afterward on social media sites like Facebook. But some folks say the Empire State Building is reporting their reviews as spam.
    When it comes to visiting New York City landmarks, half the fun is reviewing them afterward on social media sites like Facebook. But some folks say the Empire State Building is reporting their reviews as spam.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices