Marine Deserter Wanted For Murder
Franklin County, Virginia – A Marine deserter is wanted for allegedly killing his mother’s boyfriend on Saturday. Michael Alexander Brown, 22, deserted his post on October 18 while at Camp LeJeune in Jacksonville, NC. Now he is wanted for murder as well.
UPDATE: Brown has been arrested in Virginia, according to Stripes.
Police were called to the home of Rodney Brown, 54, around 12 p.m. noon on Saturday for a report of the homeowner found deceased. A motive for the murder was not immediately known, but some neighbors said that he recently learned that Rodney Brown was not his father, which is something he believed his entire life, according to WSLS.
The Marine Corps stated that Brown was not in possession of his Marine-issued rifle, and that all weapons at his unit’s armory were accounted for. He was a combat engineer in the Corps. Police stated that Brown appeared to be in possession of a “high powered rifle” and urged people to not approach the suspect. They say he may have access to other weapons as well. They said to consider him armed and dangerous.
The FBI, NCIS, US Marshals, and other agencies were assisting in what now has become a nationwide manhunt.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s office stated that Brown originally was seen in a 1976 Cadillac, but he ditched that car and was seen in a 2008 Lincoln Town Car with North Carolina plates. He was caught on video surveillance at a store and was noticed driving the Town Car.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, Brown is known to “live in the woods, and frequent National Parks and National Forests.” (Fox)
Officials obtained a warrant for his arrest – he is wanted on a charge of second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. He may end up being charged with desertion by the Marine Corps at some point, if he is caught alive.
Featured photo: surveillance photo and Marine Corps photo of Michael Brown.