SACRAMENTO (CBS) — A Northern California man with no criminal record said he was dragged by a group of federal and local law enforcement officials onto his front lawn in his boxer shorts and detained for six hours over his estranged wife’s defaulted student loans, it was reported Wednesday.
Kenneth Wright told a local ABC affiliate in Stockton that he had “no idea” why over a dozen S.W.A.T. officers broke down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
Wright said the officers tackled him in his front yard, handcuffed him, and put him in a patrol car.
Officers then reportedly woke Wright’s three children ages 3, 7, and 11 and put them in the back of a police patrol car before the agents searched the home, Wright said.
He later contacted both the mayor and the Stockton police department, but was told neither was responsible for the raid: the U.S. Department of Education had issued the search warrant over his wife’s defaulted student loans.
While the Dept. of Education refused comment to reporters, a spokesman has confirmed the department did issue a warrant for Wright.
However, the department told Politico.com the raid was linked to a criminal investigation and not the student loan default.