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MARCH 8, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EXTRADITION SOUGHT OF FORMER U.S. SERVICE MAN CHARGED IN GERMANY WITH RAPE AND MURDER
Baltimore, Maryland - A complaint has been filed against Robert Brown, age 46, of Baltimore, seeking his arrest and extradition to Germany to stand trial on charges of raping and murdering a 19 year old girl in 1984 who resided in Germany, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Brown was arrested today.
According to court documents, an investigation by German authorities indicates that Brown was stationed in Bad Kreuznach, Germany in August 1984 as a member of the U.S. armed forces. The investigation further indicates that Brown met with the victim on August 1, 1984 and according to her diary, the victim planned to meet him again on August 3. The victim’s body was found in a wooded area new Bad Homburg, Germany on August 5, 1984, the apparent victim of a rape and strangling. Tire marks found near the victim’s body match that of a car rented by Brown at the time. As a result of scientific advances made since 1984 in DNA analysis, semen found on clothing worn by the victim contained DNA has been linked to Brown.
Based upon the investigation, on January 13, 2006 the District Court of Bad Homburg in Germany issued an international arrest warrant for rape and murder against Brown. The government of Germany requests the extradition of Brown to stand trial in Germany. Brown had his initial appearance in U.S. District Court at 4:15 p.m. today. He has been temporarily detained pending a hearing before the federal district court in Baltimore on the evidence of the crimes. If the court finds sufficient evidence of the crimes to be heard in Germany, the court may certify the same to the Secretary of State in order that a warrant may be issued for Brown’s surrender to the appropriate authorities of Germany.
A complaint is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the investigative work performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in making the arrest. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Jackson, who is handling the extradition proceeding.