Though Zach Brown’s listed as a four-star recruit just outside ESPN’s Top 100, the 7-footer from Calusa Prep’s becoming almost as well known for being in court as for what he does on a court.
Thursday morning, Brown awoke in Turner-Guilford Knight Correctional Center after being arrested Wednesday on a strong-arm robbery charge from last week in Miami Beach. As of Thursday evening, the 19-year-old hadn’t posted his $7,500 bond.
That’s less than last year’s $10,000 bond on robbery and credit card fraud charges still hanging over Brown. That’s in addition to his January arrest on a petit theft charge after a Walgreens cashier said two men snatched money from her open cash register, which caused St. John to drop him after Brown signed a letter of intent there last summer.
The Miami Beach incident began around 2:30 p.m. on Ocean Drive May 30. According to the arrest report, a conversation between the victim, Brown and four young women with Brown exploded into a mugging in front of the Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, 1410 Ocean Dr.
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The report says one of the young women hit the victim and stole a necklace from him. As the target ran into the hotel lobby, Brown hit him, then snatched another necklace.
Police say the victim identified Brown out of a photo lineup, and another witness recorded the attack on video. The arrest affidavit says Brown admitted to the robbery after identifying himself on video.