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Posted on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 12:23 p.m.

Police: Alleged gunman caught after crashing vehicle during chase

By John Counts

Police arrested a 22-year-old Ypsilanti Township man suspected in a shooting earlier this month after a car and foot chase Saturday night.


Robert Taylor Brown

Courtesy of WCSO

Robert Taylor Brown, who is accused of shooting a 21-year-old Detroit man multiple times in the legs on Jan. 6, led police on a chase in the area of Holmes Road and North Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township around 11:15 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The chase started when deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office witnessed a vehicle being erratically driven and attempted to pull it over near the intersection of East Forest and Hollis avenues, said Sgt. Geoff Fox.

Brown attempted to flee from deputies in the car, but lost control of it and crashed into numerous parked cars in the 300 block of Harris, Fox said.

Police say Brown fled on foot and deputies chased him for several blocks until apprehending him in a nearby neighborhood.

Brown was arraigned Monday on charges of fleeing and eluding police, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and leaving the scene of a hit and run accident.

In the shooting, Brown has been arraigned on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, firearm possession and felony firearm.

At 11:12 p.m. Jan. 6, Ypsilanti police were called to a residence in the 400 block of Worden Street for a report of shots fired. Witnesses said two men were fighting about a stolen iPod inside the house when Brown allegedly shot the Detroit man with a small-caliber semi-automatic handgun, Ypsilanti police Sgt. Thomas Eberts said. The men were acquainted.

The 21-year-old Detroit man was released from the hospital soon after the incident. He is still recovering from his wounds, but "is doing well," Eberts said.

Brown is being held at the county jail with a combined bond of $125,000 for both cases, according to jail records. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 29.

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Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 8:11 a.m.

Yea I am the owner of the smashed up custom rides that R in my drive way and still in CVS parking lot and my Garged is total as well.. the land lord has his home owners ins guy coming out. & states my rides should be coverd under renters ins.... Which renters ins. only covers what is in the house & garged not in the drive way.. They state it is home owners ins 4 tht... So I guess I have 2 go FIND a LAWYER that is able 2 handle this type of case.. 2 see what my right's ARE....


Sat, Jan 26, 2013 : 4:49 p.m.

This is the issue I was referring to earlier. No fault insurance doesn't cover your parked car that gets damaged and you have to go after the person who did the damage. Well good luck with that. I'd bet my last dollar that Mr. Brown doesn't have any assets that can cover the damage so as per usual, the law abiding citizen gets screwed yet again!


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 10:06 p.m.

Another reason for stronger gun laws and a lot more mental health counseling. Imagine a world where all of this is avoided. We can make it happen!


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 11:26 a.m.

'Fighting about a stolen iPod' is a little ambiguous--was one accusing the other of having stolen the iPod from him, or were they both asserting a claim to an iPod that one of them (or someone else) had stolen? Inconsequential, maybe--but if the shooter is also a thief, that's a second reason he needs to be kept off the streets. And precision of language in news reporting is a good thing, too, just in general.

ms 2013

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 9:39 p.m.

glad he is off of the streets thx god and the blue boys keep doing a great job guys


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 9:59 p.m.

Well, in this case it was the brown boys as it was the Sheriff's Dept. but you're right they all do a great job.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 8:21 p.m.

People must ignore the consequences when they make these horrible decisions.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 7:27 p.m.

My comment may get removed and if so I will understand. Is it just me or does the man in this picture looks like it he really doesn't care?


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 9:12 p.m.

No, not really...more like a lot of people after Hash Bash, tho...


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 7:02 p.m.

They should make people's mugshots into badges and force them to wear them in prison.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 6:43 p.m.

Nothing like an iPod to stir the passion of a man with an illegally possessed small caliber pistol, grandma used to say. And apparently, she was right. ;-)

Superior Twp voter

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 6:14 p.m.

Bond is way too low..... Nice photo!


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 6:05 p.m.

So, if you are the owner of one of those parked cars he smashed into, what compensation do you get? Your auto insurance will repair the damage, your premium will go up and the perp will hopefully be in jail. At the very least, he should get extra time for all that damage.


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 4:22 p.m.

When your car is parked and someone crashes into it NO FAULT insurance is out and the persons insurance that hit you is responsible for your car.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 5:55 p.m.

I'm sure this is all a big misunderstanding.