A veteran Miami Beach Police investigator says a robbery charge was expected to be filed against singer Chris Brown by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney‘s Office today but prosecutors are “dotting their Is” and “crossing their Ts” because of Brown’s celebrity status!
Brown at the Triple A in October downtown Miami (Click on the photo for more)
“If this had been Joe Schmo off the street, he would already have been charged,” the detective told Gossip Extra. He asked that his name not be used. “The report handed to prosecutors is very strong. There are five witnesses all saying that Mr. Brown snagged a phone from someone’s hand and took off.
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“In all my years, I’ve never seen a report of that type not leading to a charge.”
The witnesses include California rapper Tyga, who partied with Brown on the night of the incident, Feb. 19; two bodyguards; hip-hop fan Shanae Spann, whose iPhone was allegedly taken by Brown; and a second fan whose camera-phone was briefly seized by a bodyguard but handed it back to her.
I’m told by the insider that detectives are waiting for the green light from the State Attorney to drive to Orlando, where Brown is recording new music and attending the NBA All Star Weekend, and arrest him. There is the possibility will give Brown a chance to travel back to Miami Beach on his own and surrender.
Brown is scheduled to perform at Orlando’s VAiN nightclub Sunday night.
One thing is clear, however: Brown is in a world of legal hurt. The arrest will be considered a violation of his five-year probation for a 2009 felony assault conviction in California. Brown pleaded guilty to beating then-galpal Rihanna, the singer of Rude Boys.
“He’s going to be in jail for months without being able to bond out,” the police source said. “He won’t get much for this robbery. But they will violate him for getting arrested.”
Brown’s bodyguards also told police Brown has made a habit of grabbing camera-phones from fans who take his pictures.
“He’s done it dozens of times,” the police source added.
From the outside looking in and speculating, it seems the prosecutors are the ones delaying the warrant, if they get one. The police spokewomen was pretty sure he was going to get arrested yesterday but changed their story later. If he did it, book him. He got a free pass when he threw that chair at Good Morning America.