Cancer patient arrested after being mistaken for murder suspect

POST FALLS, ID (KHQ) An Idaho woman battling breast cancer said she was wrongfully handcuffed and accused of being a murderer at a busy Port Falls Walmart.

Already frail and feeling weak from her treatments, she said the process was not only painful but also “humiliating.”

“I want an apology,” said Erin Peters. “I felt like I was extremely wronged. They went about it excessively. I was blatantly called a liar.”

Peters said she was running a few errands at a Walmart after leaving a radiation appointment. She said law enforcement approached her from behind and put her in handcuffs.

“I honestly thought I was being mugged,” she said. “They accused me of murder. I heard them say ‘Whitley Evenson, you are under arrest for murder.’ I said ‘I’m not Whitley, please you’ve got the wrong person.’ I was then called a liar. Tears started rolling.”

Peters said she tried to clear up the mess by showing them proof of her identity. She said she was blown off.

“They said flat out, identify theft isn’t that hard,” she said. “I couldn’t have been more shocked. They tightened the cuffs.”

Peters was given a business card by the man she described as a “bully” after she was cleared. His card indicates he is with the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force.

The real Whitley Evenson was eventually arrested in North Idaho. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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