On Thursday, April 13, 2006, at about 9:10 am, a female flagged down a First District officer in the vicinity of 10th Street and South Carolina Avenue, SE and advised him that she had just been robbed at gunpoint. The officer immediately broadcast a lookout for the suspect and the vehicle he was operating.
A short time later, a First District detective and a First District officer observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle, described by the victim as a burgundy colored Plymouth, in the area of 17th and East Capitol Streets, SE. The patrol officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the suspect sped away, with the officer and the detective in pursuit.
During the pursuit, the suspect rammed one of the pursuing police vehicles, causing the suspect's vehicle to become disabled. The pursuit culminated in the 200 block of 16th Street, NE. At that time, the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect is identified as 25-year-old Charles Brown, of the 1800 block of Burke Street, SE. He has been charged with five counts of Robbery while Armed in connection with the above listed robbery and following cases:
- April 6, 2006 at 7:00 am, 1300 block of Emerald Street, NE
- April 10, 2006 at 8:30 am, 1200 block of C Street, NE
- April 12, 2006 at 12:00 noon, 500 block of A Street, NE and
- April 13, 2006 at 8:00 am, 600 block of E Street, NE (Just over an hour after the above listed robbery at 10th Street and South Carolina Avenue, SE.)
In each case, the victim was a female.
Brown also faces an additional felony charge of Assault on a Police Officer (APO), as well as additional charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in DC Superior Court.
The robbery victims were not physically injured and there were no injuries associated with the pursuit.
The investigation is ongoing. No further details are currently available.