Police were called to a home to help with a problem but the situation turned bleak when officers asked for identification.
Chrys Cline was picked up this month by law enforcement in the Detroit area after officers ran his name and discovered he was wanted for missing court dates during the summer of 1989.
In a Facebook video that has been viewed more than 36,000 times, his daughter Trillion Wright is stunned that the officers were able to arrest her father over events that happened 29 years ago.
"You have to admit this is stupid, officer," Wright said in the video.
Cline told the Washington Post he feared going with officers because he thought they were mistaken. But when Cline saw his daughter's reaction, he changed his mind.
"I almost cried because my daughter was all upset," Cline said. "But I figured it's time to get this resolved but I didn't want to go to jail."
The orders are for three criminal charges - larceny, retail fraud and receiving stolen property, according to Maria Miller, a spokesperson for Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. Miller told the Washington Post there are no statute of limitations because Cline has already been charged.
"Since [Cline] has three outstanding criminal cases he will have to appear in court, and there will be new court dates set up for him to appear on [those] cases," Miller said in an email.
Cline was asked by the arresting officers to turn himself over to Detroit police, according to ABC affiliate WXYX.
Cline lives with his daughter because of injuries sustained from a 2016 accident, according to Wright.
She is concerned that after handing Cline over, authorities will not ensure his medication is properly administered.
"I'm not going to risk that," Wright said.
Wright said Cline fears leaving the home because, if stopped by authorities, the July 13 incident could happen again.
"[My dad] feels like a prisoner" in his own home, Wright said.
"Detroit is known for not updating their systems completely," an unidentified officer said in the video. "I've never seen this happen before," another officer later admitted.
Cline was arrested for car theft. The Post was unable to verify the existence of an outstanding warrant for car theft, as officers told Wright in the video. It is unclear which department arrested Cline and how long he was detained. It also was unclear what brought police to Cline and his daughter's home.