Update on Manhunt for Michael Alexander Brown: 8:00 AM 11/15/19
On Thursday, Nov. 14, Roanoke Police were alerted that Franklin County murder suspect Michael Alexander Brown had been seen in the Grandin Road area near Patrick Henry High School. A call reporting a suspicious suspect was received in the City’s E-911 Center at approximately 12:48 a.m.
Police began investigating in the area and determined that a shelter-in-place order needed to be issued to the area within a half-mile of Patrick Henry High School. A reverse 911 call was made to residents at 4:39 a.m. to alert them of possible danger in the area, and to urge them to shelter in place. Roanoke City Public Schools made the decision to cancel school for the day and placed a robocall alerting parents, caregivers, and students at 5:35 a.m.
Members of the press were alerted, and at 7 a.m. a press conference was held at Virginia Heights Elementary School. During the press conference, Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones shared photos and information about Brown, and reminded the public to be vigilant, lock their vehicles, and lock their homes.
Law Enforcement continued to search the area for Brown. A second press conference was held at 1 p.m. at Virginia Heights Elementary School. During that press conference, Chief Jones and Acting Chief Deputy Matthew Davis from the U.S. Marshals Service of the Western District of Virginia addressed the media and the public about the search for Brown. Brown was urged to turn himself in.
At 3 p.m., the shelter-in-place order for the Grandin Road area was lifted, but Roanoke Police continued to urge residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Residents were also reminded to lock their vehicles and homes. The search for Brown continues tonight.
Brown is wanted in Franklin County for murder, second degree, and there is a Federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $10,000 reward for direct information leading to the location and apprehension of the fugitive.
The following agencies have assisted the City of Roanoke: Roanoke Police Department, Roanoke County Police Department SWAT, Roanoke Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Southwest Virginia Incident Management Team, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Roanoke Fire-EMS, Roanoke E-911, Virginia Communications Cache, Roanoke City Public Schools, the American Red Cross, FBI, U.S. Marshals Office, Naval Criminal Investigation Services (NCIS), Immigrations Customs Enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Roanoke City has thanked residents and businesses who have provided information and to the search effort. If you have any information, please call the USMS Tips Line: 1-877-926-8332 or 911.
Update on Manhunt for Michael Alexander Brown: 3:00 PM 11/14/19
The shelter in place for the Grandin Road area near Patrick Henry High School has been lifted, but Roanoke Police urge residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Remember to lock your vehicles and homes. Stay tuned to social media outlets for updates.
At a press conference held at 1:15 p.m. today, Nov. 14, at Virginia Heights Elementary School, Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones updated the news media and the public about the search for Michael Alexander Brown. Below are the highlights:
- Michael Alexander Brown hasn’t been caught.
- He is believed to be on foot.
- The search continues near the vicinity of Patrick Henry High School.
- He is considered armed and dangerous.
- Residents should remain vigilant. Make sure your car and home doors remain locked. You should be careful if someone knocks on your door.
- Police want this situation to “end peacefully.” Chief Jones is encouraging Mr. Brown to turn himself in to authorities.
Further updates will be posted as information becomes available.
Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones, along with other law enforcement partners, held a press conference this morning about the manhunt for Michael Alexander Brown. He is believed to be in the area near Patrick Henry High School and is considered armed and dangerous.
THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL SHOOTING OR SCHOOL INCIDENT.
If you see Michael Alexander Brown, please call 1-877-926-8332 or 911. His vehicle was discovered on Tillett Road, SW. Police believe he may be on foot in the area. Residents are asked to use extreme caution, lock all doors, and be on the lookout.
To watch the press conference, visit: https://www.facebook.com/RoanokeVa/