Officials apprehend June murder suspect near Chicago


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Collaboration between Iowa City law-enforcement authorities and officials from Cook County, Ill., led to the Tuesday arrest of the suspect in a June Iowa City homicide.

Cook County officials arrested 27-year-old Brandon Brown Tuesday night, months after Iowa City authorities obtained an arrest warrant for him.

Brown is accused of killing 30-year-old Donelle Lindsey shortly after midnight on June 22 near Melrose and Mormon Trek. According to police, Brown asked Lindsey to walk with him and after a short distance, the two got in an argument. Brown then allegedly shot Lindsey with a handgun several times at close range. Lindsey was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, but was pronounced dead from the bullet wounds.

After the shooting, Brown fled Iowa City and officials suspected he was somewhere in Illinois, asking the public for assistance in locating him.

Brown has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held in South Holland, Ill., on a $1 million cash-only bond. Brown waived his extradition Wednesday, meaning he will be brought to Johnson County jail without a legal proceeding.

An acquaintance positively identified Brown in a photo lineup as the shooting suspect, according to officials.

Cook County investigators were able to identify Brown after surveillance through a basement window at 14938 S. Riverside Drive. Brown was sitting on a couch and watching television, a Cook County Sheriff’s Office release said. When police entered the residence, Brown did not resist arrest. 

Brown has 11 previous arrests dating from December 2002 to September 2009, the release said.
Frank Bilecki, a spokesman for the Cook County Sheriff’s office, told *The Daily Iowan* he thought Brown’s arrest was the first in which his agency has worked with Iowa City officials on an apprehension. 

“We had just heard about [Brown] a couple days ago,” Bilecki said. “I talked to a detective from Iowa City. We struck up a good relationship … I said if something like this happens again, give us a call.”

Though Iowa City hasn’t experienced many murders in recent years, Bilecki said they could help Johnson County authorities even in incidents of criminal sexual assault or other offenses.

“We’re willing to help out with any of them,” Bilecki said. “We’re extremely happy that this tip came in. Within 48 hours, we had the individual in custody.”

Cook County has relationships with other nearby cities like Milwaukee and Gary, Ind., he said.
First-degree murder is a Class A felony carrying a mandatory life sentence.

DI Managing Editor Sam Lane contributed to the story.

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