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He cut the engine of his Ford F and began walking down a quarter-mile long gravel drive, toward a house so obscured by trees and shrubs that only the roof was visible. A bank employee took her to a private room and called the police, who arrested Brown on an outstanding warrant. When he would not leave, a housemate called police, records show.
She did not seem to be aware of Machado, now about 30 yards away. Originally facing four years behind bars, records show Brown was sentenced to 60 days in county jail, with credit for 33 of them. Without looking up, she said that she was. On September 17, — less than a week before another young woman would give birth to his eldest son — Brown was sentenced to state prison, court records show.
Then, overwhelmed with fear, she vomited. Brown was going on 24 years old; Cullom was Brown was secretive and controlling from the start of the relationship, Cullom said. The allegations against him date back toan Open Vallejo investigation has found, interrupted by a prison sentence for injuries he caused his first wife twenty years ago. He was released, then drove four hours south back to Vallejo, where a preliminary hearing was set for the next morning. Brown became more controlling, Cullom said, and his violence more severe.
Brown spent more than four years in prison for assaulting his then-pregnant wife.
If anyone could shake up the established order, it seemed to be Hakeem Brown, who fashioned himself a hometown hero in a city desperate for hope. Machado helped Chana gather her belongings so she could check into a shelter. Brown spent his first year and a half in office forging connections with regional and national political leaders. When she dialed she told a dispatcher that she feared her daughter was being harmed, court records show. Frantic, she started looking through her purse.
He quickly became violent, court records confirm. A young woman lived in the house. Another lost her unborn child after being punched repeatedly in the stomach.
The couple had broken up when Cullom saw Brown at a party several months later. She remained on her feet. He struck the windshield, causing it to shatter, before threatening Cullom and shoving her out of the car. The state Democratic Party recently endorsed him for mayor. At least five women have accused Brown of physical violence over the past two decades.
The district attorney stacked several charges for a stolen handgun police found in the trunk alongside marijuana, a scale, and a large wad of cash. Instead, the local power brokers are a largely-white collection of real estate agents, business owners, and public safety unions. The woman emerged wearing sweatpants and a robe, her head hung low. The next six months were eventful for Brown.
He forced Cullom, covered in large bruises, to drive him to the Westamerica Bank in Benicia so she could cash her weekly paycheck of a few hundred dollars. Brown has been charged with injuring the mothers of two of his children while they were pregnant or nursing, court records show, and was convicted in one of those cases. Brown fled in a rented maroon sedan before police arrived.
As she walked toward him, he saw that she was shaking. He drove her to the police station in nearby Winters, where she gave a statement. This article draws from more than 1, s of court and police records. But Chana Brown would stop cooperating with investigators, resulting in a single misdemeanor conviction for which her husband was sentenced to probation. He punched her at least five times, including twice more in the abdomen, before abruptly leaving the house, she said.
Deputy Sam Machado pulled off of County Road 88, a cracked strip of asphalt running through unincorporated Yolo County. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge alleging he violated a stay-away order issued to protect Cullom.
Hakeem Brown declined to be interviewed for this story. She burst into tears. Chana lifted her head, revealing deep bruising under both eyes. He has faced more than a dozen charges involving domestic violence, and was convicted of at least three, two of them felonies. Prosecutors charged him with four felonies, all later dismissed, alleging he concealed a loaded gun and received stolen property.
Arrested for felony domestic violence in Santa Barbara, Brown appears to have spent Christmas in custody. She stood up and again tried to reassure him. Her mother, who lived out of state, had grown increasingly worried. Two days later, Brown wanted money, Collum would later testify. At the hearingCollum, who was no longer pregnant, testified that Brown knew she was carrying a baby when he struck her repeatedly in the stomach. She was still wearing her hospital band during the interview, documents show. He admitted to a sentencing enhancement for the stolen gun, as well.
The prosecutor who was questioning Cullom changed the subject, and Cullom never faced a direct question about why she miscarried. Collum returned home to Santa Barbara, alone, on Dec. But Brown, once again, was not far behind.
Machado called out to her, using the name her mother provided to the dispatcher: Chana Brown. He married and fathered with another woman, according to child support records. Deputy Machado would later testify that he heard a door slam as he approached the house. It would soon become a regular occurrence.
With Brown nearby, Cullom lied to emergency room nurses that she had received her injuries in a car accident, her housemate told investigators. A judge found there was probable cause to charge Brown on four counts relating to the gun and marijuana, and one for domestic abuse. Brown was not charged in connection with Cullom losing the child. The first was for assaulting Cullom two years earlier. Cullom agreed to go with one of her housemates, but when the hospital declined her insurance, Brown became angry and insisted on taking her to a different hospital.
Prosecutors alleged more than a dozen felony charges and enhancements against Hakeem Brown. Brown shoved Cullom to the floor, she later said at a preliminary hearing. One allegedly was left with chipped teeth and may have partially lost her hearing due to his blows.
Machado asked Chana if she was okay. By noon, they were on their way back to Vallejo. He was upset. He then grabbed her by the throat and continued punching her, first in the back, then in the arm. That marriage was later annulled on the grounds that he was still married to Collum.
He asked whether she was sure. Later that morning he became agitated and punched Collum several times in the face, according to an arrest affidavit. Her left cheek was swollen and a cut on her left earlobe was crusted with dried blood. The nearest neighbor was half a mile away. Two months later, Brown was arrested in an unrelated case in Humboldt County.
In particular, his allegiance to Vallejo police struck many residents as a betrayal. Brown was barred from possessing the black and gray 9mm Ruger because of a home invasion. Collum told investigators that she had at least two emergency protective orders against Brown in Northern California, according to the warrant affidavit. Visibly pregnant, Cullom knelt between his legs, trying to reassure him that things would be okay.
Once inside the bank, Cullom realized she did not have the check.
Solano County prosecutors charged Brown with five felonies, including one for beating Cullom. The second was for possessing marijuana for sale. Cullom told police that before she could escape, Brown wrenched the passenger door open and jumped in. Such was the case on August 5, The couple had reunited. The documents span four U. She is one of at least two women who left Vallejo to escape Brown, only to return to the Bay Area with Brown after he sought them out, according to records from Northern and Southern California, and interviews with survivors.
When she got in her car to go home, Brown followed her in his vehicle and cut her off, according to Solano County prosecutors.
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Meanwhile, the Solano County case was slowly moving forward, and on July 17,Hakeem Brown pleaded guilty to two felony charges. Brown was charged with misdemeanor vandalism, although this was later dropped. Machado would later describe his observations during a preliminary hearing over domestic violence and other charges.