Was Donta Allen Freddie Gray’s Paddy-Wagon Companion?: UPDATE: WaPo Issues Correction

See update below – The Washington Post has issued a correction indicating that Donta Allen was the individual who rode the paddy wagon with Freddie Gray.

Baltimore’s WMAL interviewed a man named Donta Allen a few days ago, claiming that he was the guy who shared the paddy wagon ride with Freddie Gray.

But Donta Allen does not seem to be the guy who was in the van with Freddie Gray. According to the Baltimore police, that man is still in jail.

This is significant because according to the Washington Post, the individual who shared the ride with Freddie Gray, told investigators that it sounded to him like Freddie was thrashing around, trying to hurt himself.

That was a game-changing bombshell because the narrative had been that the cops had given Freddie a “rough ride” – that is – cuffed his hands and feet, but left him unbuckled so he would bump around like a rag doll when the vehicle took sharp corners.

This person was not named out of fear for his safety, but WaPo did reveal that he was a 38 year old black male who was still in jail.

The Conservative Treehouse  confirmed that “a 38-year-old Black Male was picked up and transported in the same 04/12/15 timeframe as Freddie Gray for “Violate Exparte/Prot Order || Violation Of A Protective Order” – Listed in BPD arrest records.”

On April 30th local Baltimore media outlet WBAL-TV introduced Donta Allen, a person they claimed was the passenger in the transport vehicle.


Our research indicates the office of Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, used or allowed one of her deputy State Attorneys, Janice Bledsoe (who was in charge of the investigation as assigned by Marilyn Mosby), to willfully and intentionally place a false story using Bledsoe’s lover, WBAL-TV reporter Jayne Miller, and thereby create a fictitious story to imply Donta Allen as the passenger outlined in the Washington Post story.

Yes, you read that correctly.

22 year old Donta Allen – as you may know – significantly changed the story that was told to the Washington Post.

Via Jayne Miller of WBAL:

Allen described what he heard: “When I got in the van, I didn’t hear nothing. It was a smooth ride. We went straight to the police station. All I heard was a little banging for about four seconds. I just heard little banging, just little banging.”

Asked whether he told police whether he heard Gray banging his head against the van, Allen said, “I told homicide that. I don’t work for the police. I did not tell the police nothing.”

This looked to one and all as if the Washington Post passenger was ‘walking back his statements.’ 

The Treehouse noticed some inconsistencies.

However, the man she presented, and named as Donta Allen: • Was not in jail. • Was 22-years-old. • Was not picked up for violating a protective order; and nothing about his description aligned with the prior report.


Donta Allen was not the passenger in the transport van as outlined by the Washington Post.  Actually, Donta Allen was never in the van WITH Freddie Gray at all.

Despite Donta claiming on CNN with Don Lemon that he arrived in the Baltimore Booking Station “while overhearing police talking about Freddie Gray not breathing”, there’s absolutely no indication he was ever there on 4/12/15.  Nor is there an arrest record, or a booking record, for him on that date.

Whatever Donta Allen told WBAL was taken with a grain of salt.

The prosecutor is going to have to do a lot better than that if she wants to get some convictions.

But then maybe she doesn’t.


The Washington Post has updated their original story to conform with Donta Allen’s story:

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the prisoner in the van as a 38-year-old man accused of violating a protective order. This version has been corrected. The Post also has updated this story to add comments from the prisoner, 22-year-old Donta Allen, and to reflect charges filed against the police officers.