Jermaine Brown Held in Connection with Randolph Harris Jr. Death

Jermaine Brown appeared in D.C. Superior Court Friday where Judge Karen Howze found probable cause that he killed 31-year-old Randolph Scott Harris Jr.

Charging documents say a bag of iPhones and other gadgets tie Brown to Harris’ death.

Harris was found burned and shot around 6:00 a.m. July 26 inside his apartment in the 1000 block of Euclid Street Northwest. An initial report from MPD said that Harris’ silver Mercedes was missing.

According to charging documents, police recovered several empty iPhone and iPad boxes from Harris’ bedroom. The boxes were marked with serial numbers of the items that should have been inside.

A man approached police at the apartment and handed over a black plastic bag containing an iPad, two iPhones and an iPod Touch. Police determined that the serial numbers of one of the phones and the iPad matched the serial numbers on the empty boxes in Harris’ apartment.

The man told police he obtained the bag from people who lived in an apartment in the 400 block of Evarts Street Northeast.

When police interviewed residents of the apartment on Evarts Street, one man told police that Brown gave him the bag to hold a little after 8:00 a.m. July 26.

When Brown was later questioned by police, he said he found the bag of “gadgets” in the hallway of a building in the 1000 block of Euclid Street. He said he dropped the bag off at the witness’s house so they could sell the items and split the money.

Charging documents include several different accounts from Brown; he also said he stole Harris’ silver Mercedes Benz “’cause I had the extra key.”

Brown told detectives he tried to take the vehicle to a chop shop “but no one was tying to take the mother f—.” Brown said he then parked the car along Kendall Street NE. Police have not yet recovered Harris’ vehicle.

Brown was ordered held Friday pending a preliminary hearing. That hearing is scheduled for August 22.

Charging documents have been added to this post.

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