Fugitive Marine Deserter Found at Mom's Home

Michael Alexander Brown accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2019 12:20 PM CST
Fugitive Found Weeks Later—at the Scene of the Crime
Police including officials with the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) continue with ongoing presence in the community while searching for murder suspect Michael Brown.   (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

The Marine deserter recently placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list for allegedly murdering his mother's boyfriend was captured Wednesday morning. Michael Alexander Brown, 22, was taken into custody at his mother's Roanoke, Virginia-area home—the same place the murder is alleged to have taken place, CNN reports. Brown deserted his post at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune last month and had been on the run since the Nov. 9 fatal shooting of Rodney Brown, 54, whose body was found by Brown's mother. A motive for the murder is not yet clear.

Investigators have not commented on where Brown has been during the three-state manhunt that ensued or when he returned to his mother's home, but they say they got information that "caused them to refocus" on the home, per CNN. No one else was there when Brown was arrested, and CBS News reports he was taken into custody without incident. Authorities told reporters he was in "fine" condition when found. It's not clear when the first court appearance for Brown, who was being booked into county jail, will occur. (More murder stories.)

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