What in the Jerry Springer Episode? — Porsha Brown charged with theft of car and purse

What in the Jerry Springer Episode? — Porsha Brown charged with theft of car and purse

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On October 10th, officers responded to Erica Brooks’s residence regarding an alleged carjacking. Brooks states that 33-year-old Porsha Brown assaulted her in front of her house and stole her 2016 Kia Optima with her phone inside. Brooks’ daughter stated she was tracking the phone and that Brooks’ boyfriend, Leonard Rucker, may have been involved. Her daughter told officers that the phone was pinging around the perimeter of TSU campus. Officers observed a black Cadillac SUV around the pinging location, ran the license plate, and it returned to be registered to Rucker. Officers conducted an investigative stop and spoke with Rucker, who stated that he had Brooks’ phone in his vehicle. Rucker told officers he was at his uncle’s house when Porsha Brown told him she liked his car, and then he let her drive it around. Rucker states that Brooks pulled up to their location and became irate before getting into a scuffle with Brown, and during the incident, Brown got into Brooks’ car and drove away.

Officers were directed to Rucker’s uncle’s house and were able to locate Brown. Brown told officers she was driving around with Rucker before they arrived at his house, where Brooks came outside screaming at her, so she locked the car door. Brown stated Rucker must have unlocked the car door because Brooks opened the door and hit her in the face twice before walking to the Kia Optima, telling Brown, “I got something for you.” Then, Brown stated she was afraid that Brooks might have a gun or pepper spray, so she followed her to the car, pushed her out of the way, got in, and drove away. She stated she felt like she was getting jumped. Brown directed officers to where she left Brooks’ vehicle. Officers confirmed the vehicle belonged to Brooks and took Brown into custody. Brooks’ driver’s license was in Brown’s purse, and she told officers she kept the license for an address so she could return the vehicle. Brooks confirmed that Brown was the person who stole her car and that her purse was still missing. When officers asked Brown about the purse, she initially lied, stating she did not know, but eventually told officers where the purse was after changing her statement three times.

Porsha Brown (MNPD)
Porsha Brown (MNPD)

Porsha Brown of Morena St in Nashville, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on October 10th, charged with two counts of theft. She is free on a $17,000 bond.

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