The FBI on Friday arrested a California man on an obstruction of justice charge, alleging he tampered with evidence for his brother wanted in the Nov. 29 slaying of an armored guard at an Ahwatukee Foothills theater.
A federal grand jury indictment returned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix alleges that David John Brown II drove Jason Derek Brown’s 2003 BMW from a storage locker in Nevada to California on Dec. 26 and washed the interior and exterior of the car.
The indictment says Jason Brown was seen loading luggage into the back of a 2003 BMW outside his Ahwatukee Foothills hotel room about nine hours after the slaying of Robert Palomares, who was carrying away $56,000 from the AMC Ahwatukee 24 theater, 4915 E. Ray Road.
Authorities believe Jason Brown shot Palomares five times in the head, grabbed the money bag and fled on a bicycle.
Jason Brown has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt and featured on "America’s Most Wanted."
He left the Extended Stay Hotel, 5035 E. Chandler Blvd., around 7 p.m. the day of the slaying and checked into a Henderson, Nev., hotel about 6 1/2 hours later, according to an FBI search warrant.
FBI agent Lance Leising wrote in the warrant that a hotel clerk called Phoenix police about the time he was loading his car because she and a hotel guest became suspicious that Jason Brown might have been involved in the slaying and robbery. He was gone when police arrived.
He also got a jump of a few hours on the FBI the day authorities announced he was their suspect and television stations began broadcasting his photograph.
Jason Brown was staying at his sister’s home in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., on Dec. 6 when he got a call, packed and left in his 2003 Cadillac Escalade, which was found Jan. 18 at the Portland, Ore., International Airport.
The FBI got to his sister’s home at 11 p.m. Dec. 6, but he was gone, the warrant states.