CAROLINE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Authorities have arrested a Chesterfield man and charged him with a violent attempted robbery. As you'll remember, a customer, swinging two beer bottles, foiled that robbery attempt but was shot four times.
Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa says investigators worked the last 36 hours straight to catch the man who was conked on the head with a beer bottle by that Good Samaritan.
31 year old Warren Harold Brown, a parolee, was arrested late Monday in Chesterfield. He faces a number of charges including attempted capital murder, aggravated malicious wounding, attempted robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
We broke the news to the store clerk who was behind the counter that night. Lippa says Brown is the man who not only nearly killed a customer but also took two shots at a Mr. Fuel store clerk the night of May 8. That clerk is Sharon. This was her reaction when we told her of the arrest.
"Oh my God, can I cry now.. Wanda, they caught him," said Sharon.
Lippa says investigators had Brown's last known address on Meadowdale Boulevard in Chesterfield under surveillance. They also checked a relative's house in Richmond, before finally catching up with the known habitual offender at a friend's house on Rosegill Road, also in Chesterfield.
Lippa credits the media, tips from residents and hard police work that involved the U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Task Force.
"We are able to bring this to a conclusion that led us from Chesterfield, to Richmond city, back to Chesterfield, where Mr. Brown was arrested today without incident at approximately 4:15 p.m.," said Lippa.
Lippa says investigators are now looking into whether Brown is connected to other crimes from Hanover to Spotsylvania. Sharon says she didn't think the man who held a gun to her face would be caught so quickly.
"Oh God, I am shaking like a leaf. Like it just happened. Again that is such good news," said Sharon.
But says she can rest easy now.
"I don't believe it. I just don't believe it. Maybe I won't be so nervous coming to work now," said Sharon.
As for the Good Samaritan, Lippa says he wants to remain anonymous and still doesn't think he's a hero.
"For him to put himself in harms way speaks volumes," said Lippa.
Lippa says other people could face charges in this case but wouldn't elaborate. Brown was taken to the Pamunkey Regional Jail. He'll be arraigned Friday morning by closed circuit television.