For Immediate Release 8/23/2017
South Baltimore—Andrew Brown was convicted of two counts of attempted armed robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. Assistant State’s Attorney Alex Rothstein of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) prosecuted the case.
On January 19, 2017 at approximately 5:30 a.m., police responded to the 500 block of Wyeth Street for a report of a shooting in Washington Village/Pigtown. Upon arrival, police found one man suffering from a gunshot wound in his buttocks and another suffering from multiple lacerations to his face, head, and hands. Both victims were transported to the hospital.
Investigators learned that the two victims had been at the Horseshoe Casino, before leaving with two women and going to a residence in the 1000 block of Sterrett Street. Casino surveillance footage showed the two women approaching the two men approximately 40 minutes before the group departed. Investigators were able to backtrack the footage to when the women arrived, showing them arriving with two men—one of whom was Andrew Brown. The footage showed the four arriving in the same vehicle, but staggering their entrances into the casino at intervals of approximately 1-2 minutes.
According to victims, the women claimed that they “lived alone,” but multiple pairs of men’s shoes were present in the home. One of the women also unlocked the front door to the residence after the group was inside and the door had already been locked. The woman nervously re-locked the door when one of the victims questioned why she unlocked it in the first place.
Shortly thereafter, there was a knock at the door. One of the women opened the door, allowing entry to Brown and an associate.
Brown then pulled out a handgun, pointed it in the direction of the victims, announced that it was a robbery, then fired a shot into the couch where the victims were seated. A struggle for the weapon ensued inside the residence before spilling out into the block. Both victims were able to flee without further injury. One of the victims was able to identify Brown in a photo array.
“The victims in this case are the real heroes. They could have very easily lost their lives, but have their instincts and situational awareness to thank for their survival,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
State’s Attorney Mosby also commends the GVED unit, which is less than a year old, for doing an outstanding job of bringing gun offenders to justice.
Brown faces 20 years of incarceration for each armed robbery count, as well as an additional 20 years—the first five years to be served without the possibility of parole—for the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 19, 2017.
Sharlene Cromwell pled to conspiracy to commit armed robbery for her participation in the crime. She received a sentence of 12 years, suspend all but three years, in prison.
The other two alleged perpetrators of this crime are scheduled for trial on October 18, 2017.