Arrest made in Ashanti Billie case, according to family

Arrest made in Ashanti Billie case, according to family”

Federal authorities announced Wednesday afternoon that Eric Brian Brown had been charged with abducting Billie, who partly grew up in Prince George's County, Md. and moved to the Virginia Beach area to attend cooking school at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach. She had been missing since September 18.

Brown has been charged with kidnapping and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted.

Court documents say Brown served 21 years in the Navy and was a construction worker. Billie's coworkers reported that Brown would visit the Blimpie nearly every day and that he was seen often in neighboring buildings, prosecutors said. He was frequently seen visiting the Blimpie's.

13News Now obtained personal surveillance video taken shortly after Billie's vehicle left Little Creek.

Days later, police found her 2014 white Mini Cooper vehicle in Norfolk, Virginia. He had worked on a construction project at the same Blimpie's she worked at last summer. Her body was found 11 days later in Charlotte, North Carolina. The area is about 300 yards from Brown's childhood home.

Brown's DNA was found Billie's clothing. The second profile was also examined, and the probability of this DNA profile belonging to any other person is 1 in 720 billion. (WUSA9) - An arrest has been made in the death of Ashanti Billie, the spokesperson for the family confirmed Wednesday.

Billie lived in Texas, Germany, Alabama and NY, before her parents moved to Maryland where she graduated from Henry A. Wise Jr. At the current time the family needs time to process the information but will be making a public statement soon.

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