The U.S. Marshals are looking for a Michigan man wanted in a 2019 double homicide by adding him to the agency’s 15 Most Wanted fugitives list and offering up to $25,000 for information directly leading to his arrest.
Derrell Demon Brown, 47, is wanted in Grand Rapids and Kent County, Michigan, on charges of receiving and concealing a stolen firearm and two counts of homicide.
On March 13, 2019, Brown’s girlfriend, Cherletta Baber-Bey, and her 25-year-old niece, Keyona Griffin, were found murdered in a home shared by Brown and Baber-Bey. During the initial search of the residence, authorities located the alleged murder weapon, a stolen firearm.
Additional evidence soon identified Brown as the prime suspect. Authorities issued arrest warrants for Brown, and later requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals in the Western District of Michigan.
“Derrell Brown’s alleged crimes make him a significant threat to the public, so it is crucial that we locate him,” said Donald Washington, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. “Our deputies, along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, are determined to bring Brown to justice. With a reward of up to $25,000 being offered, we’re asking anyone with information about Brown’s whereabouts to come forward.
The U.S. Marshals and Michigan authorities believe Brown fled the state after the murders and may be receiving assistance from family members and associates to elude arrest.
“Derrell Brown has lived in Grand Rapids his entire life, but he has relatives in Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia and Ohio,” said Bruce Nordin, Acting U.S. Marshal of the Western District of Michigan. “With ties spanning this far and wide across the country, we are broadening our search and asking the public to remain vigilant. He looks very unassuming and could literally be standing behind you in a grocery checkout line.”
Brown is a 5-foot-8-inch black male with black hair and brown eyes and weighs approximately 180 pounds. Additionally, he has used the aliases “JJ Robinson,” “Michael Richardson,” and “Marcus Wright.”
Anyone with information should contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office, the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-877-WANTED-2, or online via the web or an app at www.usmarshals.gov/tips.
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