Man with ties to nonprofit suspected of shooting into car full of women

Posted at 4:03 PM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 18:57:07-04

CINCINNATI -- James Brown has ties to an organization that purports to help victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.

But Cincinnati police allege Brown inflicted violence of his own against women, shooting into a car carrying four women and a child last month.

He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center. He faces five counts of felonious assault and one count of having weapons under disability, as he's a convicted felon.

A grand jury indicted Brown and his co-defendant, Johnette Anderson, on Thursday. She, too, faces five counts of felonious assault.

Brown, 32, appears in a promotional video for Urban Success Mentoring. Its founder only gives her first name, Paulette, and says she has a team of former gang members that help in her work.

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According to court records, a dispute led to last month's gunfire -- specifically, one victim's plans to leave the Crips gang.

Anderson told that victim it was "blood in and blood out," police wrote in their criminal complaint. The victim thought that meant she'd be harmed if she left the Crips.

She was walking in the Village at Roll Hill on April 12 when Anderson and Brown pulled up to her in an SUV, according to the complaint.

Johnette Anderson

She told police she thinks she wasn't harmed then because a friend's 6-year-old child was with her.

Instead, she went to a friend's apartment and asked her sister to pick her up.

Brown and Anderson shot at that car as it drove away, according to the complaint. The women drove to Police District 3 and reported what happened.

Brown is scheduled for a court hearing Thursday at 7:30 a.m.