Police: Suspect arrested in rape, shooting

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 17:37:08-05

Baltimore Police announced the arrest of a suspect in the rape and shooting of a 20-year-old woman.

Police say Michael Jordan Brown, 20, is in police custody thanks to tips from community members. He was apprehended in the same community where the incident took place following a foot chase.  

Brown later confessed to the crime and has been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree attempted murder.

"I can completely understand everything that she's going through because I've dealt with it and I'm glad that he's gone. I'm glad that he's put away. I 'm glad that he got what he deserved. It's better for him to be gone than to be on the streets doing things like that," Malayah Garcia, who lives in the neighborhood, said. 

Police and community members held a press conference Wednesday at the corner of Carey Street and Gold Street to announce the arrest. 

"We've brought this monstrous person into custody," Police Chief Kevin Davis said.

The victim is listed in fair condition. She was assaulted then shot in the head in an alley in the 1500 block of North Carey Street on Saturday. 

Despite her injuries, the woman was able to talk to detectives. She told police she was walking when she passed a man walking the opposite direction.

She told them he turned around to follow her, stuck a gun in her back, raped her and shot her in the head.

Police say community tips were a big help in the investigation.

"This is our neighborhood. We will not stand for criminals coming in and taking over our neighborhood, so I'm ecstatic to hear that an arrest has been made. I wish the young lady well. I wish her a full recovery and people need to remember, if you want to make a change, you have to help. If you see something, say something," Lisa Mills, with the Resident Action Committee, told ABC2. 

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*WMAR reporter Katrina Bush contributed to this report.