Deputies: Man kills wife, 2 children, himself in Seminole County
SEMINOLE COUNTY —
A man stabbed and ran over his estranged wife and two medical professionals before eventually killing his two young children and himself following a domestic-related rampage overnight in Seminole County, deputies said.
- Henry Brown, 30, stabbed and ran over his estranged wife
- Chericia Brown, 31; Henry Brown, 4; Aleah Brown, 1; all killed
- Henry Brown exchanged gunfire inside Sanford hospital; no injuries
- 2 Good Samaritans who rendered aid to Chericia Brown were hospitalized
The incident began around 10 p.m. at a Chili’s along Lake Mary Boulevard.
Chericia Brown, 31, was attacked and seriously injured by her estranged husband, 30-year-old Henry Romone Brown III, in the parking lot of the restaurant.
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Deputies said Henry Brown waited in the trunk of Chericia’s vehicle for her to come out of the restaurant and then stabbed her. He left the scene and returned moments later in his vehicle and ran over her, as well as two medical professionals who were rendering aid to Chericia Brown.
Chericia Brown was transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, where she later died.
Deputies said Henry Brown fled the scene and went back to an apartment complex in Altamonte Springs, where he changed vehicles and picked up the couple’s biological children, a 4-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, from a babysitter.
At about 12:25 a.m., Henry Brown arrived at Central Florida Regional Hospital in an attempt to locate Chericia, deputies said.
Seminole County deputies and Sanford Police confronted him. Brown and law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire inside the hospital, but no one was injured after shots rang out inside the hospital, deputies said.
Brown fled the hospital and got onto I-4, where he was located by deputies within minutes. Deputies were able to stop the vehicle with stop sticks.
When the vehicle slowed to a stop, deputies found Henry Brown and both children dead inside. Investigators believe Brown killed his children at some point after picking them up and then he committed suicide in his vehicle and law enforcement officers prepared to apprehend him.
The children’s names are Henry and Aleah.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the officer-involved shooting that occurred at the hospital.
One of the medical professionals who rendered aid to Chericia Brown remains in the hospital. The other person was released.
Domestic violence was reported in December 2015
There was a history of reported violence between Henry Brown and Chericia Brown.
In December 2015, Chericia Brown filed a report with the Altamonte Springs Police Department, stating Henry Brown was having an affair.
According to the report, Chericia Brown told police that Henry Brown hit her in the head several times and threatened to hurt and kill her, the children and Chericia’s friends if she took the children.
“Based on the statements made and the lack of physical evidence, I am requesting a capias be filed for further review,” the Altamonte Springs police report states. … “Due to the fact that victim C. Brown will not be returning to the home and has not returned in 48 hours, the fear of further violence does not exist.”
Brown was taken into custody on Dec. 19, 2015, following the alleged battery incident.
Chericia Brown had an injunction filed against Henry Brown following his arrest to keep him away from her and the children.
The State Attorney’s Office eventually decided not to file battery — domestic violence charges because “there is no sufficient evidence to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt,” the report states.
Here’s a picture of the two children, ages 1 and 4, with a babysitter just hours before the father, Henry Brown, reportedly came in and took them and killed them. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Cooper)
The incident began with a stabbing at a Chili’s located off Lake Mary Boulevard. (Jason Hughes, Staff)