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Stolen Vehicle Leads to Arrest of Arizona Man on Parole for Murder

December 9, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, December 6, at about 1:50 p.m., detectives and deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station and Needles Police Department obtained information about a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was stolen in Phoenix, Arizona on November 14 of this year. The Arizona license plate information was entered into a Sheriff's database which assisted deputies who located the stolen vehicle in 400 block of Acoma St.

Deputies made contact at the Acoma St. residence and Charles Brown (age 46 of Needles) was found inside. Brown is on active parole in Arizona for murder and should not have been in California. Brown was interviewed and subsequently arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. Detectives are working with law enforcement agencies from Arizona regarding the crimes committed in their state. Brown was booked at the Needles jail with bail set at $50,000.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detectives Preston or Caronna at 760-326-9200.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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