On September 2, 2022, at approximately 1:00 am, Missoula Police Department Officers were dispatched to the area in the 600 block of Cregg Lane for a reported stabbing that had just occurred. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold picks up the story. 

“Multiple officers arrived on scene and were provided a description of the suspect being a male with long brown hair,” Arnold said. “Officers observed Brown-Andrews walk away from them and step into some trees. Officers followed and Brown-Andrews was located down the path. A group of people all pointed to Brown-Andrews as the suspect.” 

A female was screaming and laying on the ground with what appeared to be an actively bleeding wound on her left arm. When the officer asked who had the knife, multiple people yelled and pointed to an individual later identified by state ID as Charles Brown-Andrews. 

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“During this time, an officer observed Brown-Andrews begin to start rifling around in a bag,” Arnold said. “Officers were investigating a violent crime. Officers gave commands to Brown-Andrews to quit rifling around in the bag, but Brown-Andrews did not comply.” 

Since Brown-Andrews had not been apprehended and searched, officers were gravely concerned that Brown-Andrews was rifling through the bag in an attempt to grab a knife or firearm.

Officers noted a deep concern that they feared Brown-Andrews could assault and kill the officers and civilians on the scene. Brown-Andrews was eventually taken to the ground and handcuffed. 

“After being taken into custody, Brown-Andrews made comments of the nature of stabbing people,” Arnold said. “Under Miranda warning, Brown-Andrews spoke to the officers and gave an account of the incident and the events leading up to the incident. Officers on the scene took statements from multiple witnesses and this case is still under investigation with the Missoula Police Department Detective Division.” 

Brown-Andrews is currently being charged with one count of felony assault with a weapon. 

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable.

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