Teen charged in robbery

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 7, 2011

Salisbury Police have arrested a 16-year-old who allegedly punched and robbed a Salisbury man of his cell phone Wednesday.
Derrick Dashawn Brown, 1210 W. Horah St., was charged with felony common law robbery Thursday afternoon, and given a $5,000 secured bond.
According to police, the victim called 911 Wednesday, and police investigated. The victim told police he was walking on Taylor Street in Salisbury when someone with the nickname of “Buddha” came up to him and asked him if he could use his cell phone. The victim said he reached in his pocket to give “Buddha” the cell phone, and “Buddha” asked him what kind of phone it was.
Police said that as soon as the victim told “Buddha” the name of his phone — Samsung Reality — “Buddha” punched him in the face and said, “It’s mine now,” the report said.
Investigators with the Salisbury Police Department knew the real identity of “Buddha,” and questioned him, police said.
Derrick “Buddha” Brown was arrested Thursday afternoon at his West Horah Street home.