July 24, 2002 – FBI agents on St. Thomas arrested a fugitive wanted in Maryland for running over a 15-year-old boy and leaving him to die by the side of the road.
Darren Brown, 32, who has addresses in Fortuna and in Catonsville, Maryland, was arrested Tuesday evening when federal agents traced him to his wife's home in Fortuna, according to FBI Agent Robert Lasky.
Territorial Court Judge Brenda Hollar on Wednesday ordered Brown to be held without bail. Marshals from Baltimore County, Maryland, have 30 days to pick him up, according to court records.
Brown was convicted last October of driving the car that hit and killed 15-year-old Ramon Thomas on March 25, 2001, according to Jason League, the assistant state's attorney in Baltimore County who prosecuted the case. Brown fled the scene after the accident, and the teen-ager "was just left in the street to die," League said.
Sentenced to serve five years in prison for a hit-and-run resulting in death, Brown skipped his $50,000 bail while the case was under appeal, League said.
The FBI used motor vehicle and financial records to locate Brown's wife on St. Thomas, Lasky said, and agents arrested Brown as he was approaching her home.
On Wednesday, Brown waived his right to fight extradition. He faces an additional five years in prison if convicted of flight from justice, League said.
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