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BREAKING NEWS: Cold case murder suspect arrested in Bow

February 18, 2011

Robert L. Brown, 38.

Broken Bow Police Department assisted investigators from Grand Rapids, Mich. this week in an investigation that led to the arrest of Robert L. (Bobby) Brown, 38, for the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old girl at Grand Rapids in 1993, according to Broken Bow Police Chief Steve Scott.
Grand Rapids Police Department contacted Broken Bow Police on Feb. 11, notifying local officers that they were trying to locate Brown for questioning in connection with the murder case. Chief Scott authorized one of his officers to assist Grand Rapids detectives, who flew out to Custer County to pursue the suspect.
BBPD Officer Dalen Wood located Brown, who was living in Broken Bow, and arrested him Feb. 14, on a Dawson County warrant. Brown was then placed in custody in Custer County Jail.
Chief Scott said that Brown later confessed to the 1993 fatal shooting of Lativia Johnson, who was 8-years-old at the time. He is currently being held in Dawson County Jail and will be extradited back to Grand Rapids.
“Broken Bow is a good, safe town,” Chief Scott said. “But every now and then you stumble upon a case similar to this one. They pick a small town to hide out in and blend in with the public.”
February 18, the Grand Rapids Press reported that 36-year-old Robert Lee Gaines was apprehended in Illinois also in connection with the case.
For more on this breaking story, see the Feb. 24 edition of the Custer County Chief.

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