Monday, October 17, 2016
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that on October 14, 2016, Charmaine Brown, was convicted by an Escambia County Jury of Aggravated Battery on Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement Officer with Lights and Siren Activated at High Speed, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft of a Firearm, Criminal Mischief, and Resisting an Officer without Violence.
On July 30, 2015, Charmaine Brown was at the home of an elderly gentleman. She was caught by the victim rummaging through his personal belongings. The victim confronted Brown with a firearm, a struggle ensued and the gun was discharged. The victim was unharmed and Brown fled with the gun and in the victim’s car with another individual. Law enforcement arriving on the scene, saw the car leave at high speed and believing that the elderly gentleman may have been kidnapped, they pursued. During the pursuit, Brown nearly struck an occupied law enforcement officer’s vehicle that was blocking traffic. The chase began in the area of the Barrancas Bridge and terminated in Perdido after the defendant crashed into another law enforcement officer’s occupied vehicle. During the course of the chase, Brown drove erratically and at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Charmaine Brown was taken into custody without incident.
Judge Gary Bergosh scheduled Charmaine Brown to be sentenced on November 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Brown qualifies a Prison Releasee Reoffender and faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in state prison.
The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Amy Shea