UPDATE: James Brown's daughter arrested for allegedly stealing church car, hit-and-run

Venisha Brown, arrested for stealing SUV

Venisha Brown, James Brown's daughter, accused of stealing a vehicle and hitting a woman with it

News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, July 23, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Venisha Brown, daughter of James Brown, is in the Richmond County Jail.

The 47-year-old is being held on a more than $5,000 bond for a string of charges.

She's accused of stealing a car on one side of the river and trying to run over a co-worker on the other.

Cpt. Bill Luckey with North Augusta Public Safety says, "It's not typical, these individuals knew each other."

Late Sunday night, St. Stephens Ministry reported its grey suburban was stolen. Witnesses say they saw Brown leaving in it.

"Ms. Brown did work there, but then Sunday evening, she just went and got into the ministry's vehicle and just left. Without permission or authority to do so," said Lt. Jimmy Young with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Then, Monday, a few of her co-workers spotted Brown in the stolen car at Regions Bank in North Augusta.

"They were trying to obtain the keys to the vehicle when the lady that was injured was hit," Luckey said.

Reports say Brown dragged her co-worker before running into the passenger side of her minivan. The victim flipped across the hood, then landed on the ground. She wasn't moving. Police say Brown then sped away.

"Sometime early this morning, she sent a text message to a co-worker that she had left the vehicle at 13th and Walton Way and we recovered the vehicle there," Young said.

Then deputies received a call early this morning about a disturbance at the corner of 5th and Broad streets -- it turns out the disturbance was caused by Brown.

"Two people were arguing and one of the subjects happened to be Ms. Brown, and she was taken into custody at that time," Young said.

Brown is facing several charges in both South Carolina and Georgia.
She will be charged with grand theft auto, assault and battery,
leaving the scene of an accident and receiving stolen goods.

Initial report:

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- A daughter of late music legend James Brown is now in custody, accused in a hit-and-run that left a Grovetown woman injured.

Venisha Brown was arrested early Tuesday morning after deputies were called to a disturbance on the 500 block of Broad Street around 4 a.m. Brown was at the scene and an officer recognized her. She is said to have surrendered peacefully.

Brown allegedly stole a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban owned by St. Stephens Ministries over the weekend.

Hope Ellis Campbell, 46, saw the Suburban parked at a bank at the intersection of West and Pine Grove avenues on Monday morning. Investigators say Campbell tried to reach inside the car for the keys when Brown quickly accelerated and dragged Campbell into the hood of another car. Campbell was taken to the hospital and the extent of her injuries is unknown at this time.


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