Grand Rapids Teen Arraigned in Hospital Bed

By: AP
By: AP

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A Grand Rapids teenager was arraigned in his hospital bed on charges of robbing a pizza deliveryman at gunpoint.
Chad Damar-Marquis Brown is recovering after being shot by police following the Friday night robbery attempt. The 17-year-old was arraigned yesterday on armed robbery and felony firearms charges at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.
Police say in a statement that a warrant for armed robbery has been issued against an alleged 16-year-old accomplice. He's being held in the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center and is expected to be charged as an adult at his arraignment today.
The two officers involved in the arrest and shooting have been placed on paid leave.


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  • by Mary Location: Grand Rapids, MI on Mar 7, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    Someone stated that he's probably done this before... that's not the case. He was with bad associations, and he allowed his fear of man (what they thought of him and whether they'd approve of him or not - IE Peer Pressure) to negatively influence his judgment at that given moment. It was a bad decision, and one he will have to pay for. His family is torn. They are good people and never taught him to be this way, or that this was acceptable for any reason or under any circumstance. Quite the opposite. He had his mother's teaching and reminders on one shoulder (I'm sure, urging him to do the right thing), and his friend's advice and faulty guidance to the contrary on the other shoulder... and unfortunately, his friend's voice was louder. He chose the wrong path. I hope he no longer gambles with his conscience again in such a way. I hope he's learned his lesson. I hope that the soft spoken, caring, compassionate person I know that he CAN BE inside comes up to the surface and fills his conscience with guilt to keep this from every happening again. I hope those elderly he's helped don't hate him for his poor judgment. I hope the youth that look up to him don't decide it was 'cool' or try to imitate his actions. And man, do I hope his mother can learn to cope with the tragedy, and not blame herself in some way, wishing she could have done something different, said something additional, or been anything other than the loving wonderful mother she is. This is a sad situation, these are sad days!
  • by Mary Location: Grand Rapids, MI on Mar 7, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    Let's all learn from this experience, let's all reach out to those in need and guidance, let's all share our compassion and love and try to improve this world we live in... one person at a time. Let's try to show our young ones the gravity that their current decisions can have on their entire future, and on the lives of those around them. Let's remind our loved ones that we DO in fact love them, and that we should love our neighbors as ourselves... not leaving them to flounder in this wicked system, being corrupted by its influence, and letting Satan have such a free reign of influence. We lose so many of our youth to the ways of this world... let's make a difference, one life at a time. I know this young man, and I am glad he will have to pay for his crime. Perhaps the law will speak louder to him than the voice of his mother on this boy's conscience. I hope he learns from it, and I truly hope he is given the chance later to change his ways and perhaps help others from making the same mistake.
  • by Mary Location: Grand Rapids, MI on Mar 7, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    Let's all learn from this experience, let's all reach out to those in need and guidance, let's all share our compassion and love and try to improve this world we live in... one person at a time. Let's try to show our young ones the gravity that their current decisions can have on their entire future, and on the lives of those around them. Let's remind our loved ones that we DO in fact love them, and that we should love our neighbors as ourselves... not leaving them to flounder in this wicked system, being corrupted by its influence, and letting Satan have such a free reign of influence. We lose so many of our youth to the ways of this world... let's make a difference, one life at a time. I know this young man, and I am glad he will have to pay for his crime. Perhaps the law will speak louder to him than the voice of his mother on this boy's conscience. I hope he learns from it, and I truly hope he is given the chance later to change his ways and perhaps help others from making the same mistake.
  • by Mary Location: Grand Rapids, MI on Mar 7, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    I was a product of my environment, my decisions were based on the small portion of the world I'd been exposed to up until that time, and I had no clue the gravity of the moment could hold. Nor was I aware of how my decisions affected other's lives as well. I was so narrow minded and only thought of the here and now. I'm so glad I learned my lesson, and that with guidance from those in my congregation and God's love and his principles and guidelines as outlined in the Bible, that I found a new way to view the world, my life, and a new way to LIVE my life. I pray for the young man, that he find his way, and that he realizes his mistake, and that he regrets making the decisions he did so that perhaps he won't repeat them if he's ever given a second chance. I pray for the boy's family that is surely in pain, for his friends that they (too) learn from this tragedy, and for his congregation that may very well be lamenting the entire situation as well. I pray for the pizza delivery person, who had this crime perpetrated upon them, to ease their fears and help them get on with their life, not taking the instance personally, but realizing they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. I pray for the policeman, who was simply doing his job, a job not everyone CAN do (nor WANTS to), and one that he apparently did to the best of his ability given the circumstances. Just another struggling person in this economic upheaval we're all experiencing, living in this sad sad world that Satan's molded of a people God loved so much he gave his only begotten son for.
  • by Mary Location: Grand Rapids, MI on Mar 7, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    I was a product of my environment, my decisions were based on the small portion of the world I'd been exposed to up until that time, and I had no clue the gravity of the moment could hold. Nor was I aware of how my decisions affected other's lives as well. I was so narrow minded and only thought of the here and now. I'm so glad I learned my lesson, and that with guidance from those in my congregation and God's love and his principles and guidelines as outlined in the Bible, that I found a new way to view the world, my life, and a new way to LIVE my life. I pray for the young man, that he find his way, and that he realizes his mistake, and that he regrets making the decisions he did so that perhaps he won't repeat them if he's ever given a second chance.
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