Had it not been for cell phone records and this surveillance video placing rhooms miles away from the crime scene, the young man would be facing 45 years to life in prison.
Rhooms, who was holding down a job at a local restaurant and had just recently finished carpentry school was partying at a reggae concert here at Webster Hall in Manhattan.
According to his attorney, Samuel Gregory, Rhooms' picture had been picked out of a book of photos by officers at the 75th precinct as the guy fitting the description. Rhooms picture had been placed in the album full of criminals after his first and only minor arrest for setting off fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Rhooms turned himself in when he learned the cops were looking for him, and was later picked out of a line up as well. Thanks to surveillance video and the hard work of his attorney, he's a free man.