17-Year-Old Suspect Arrested in July 4th Murder

Jaylin Brown, Photo: MNPD

August 31, 2023 – Murder suspect Jaylin Brown, 17 was arrested Thursday morning. Brown was wanted for the July 4th murder of Etabo Malanda, 16, at Fallbrook Apartments on Dellway Villa Road.

Officer Gilliam located a Volkswagen Jetta near the James Cayce neighborhood that had been stolen from Brentwood Trace hours before. Violent Crimes Initiative detectives were able to stop the vehicle, and after a foot pursuit, took the driver, Brown, into custody.

Brown is one of two suspects charged with the fatal shooting.

An arrest warrant charging Raceme L. Crutcher, 21, with criminal homicide was issued in July. He is still outstanding.

Anyone with information on Crutcher’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

Malanda was shot while standing on the porch of an apartment. He died after arriving at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Brown and Crutcher were identified as suspects through witness accounts, surveillance video and information from community members.

Brown was booked on his outstanding homicide and juvenile handgun possession warrants and, additionally, was charged with vehicle theft and evading arrest in juvenile court for his actions overnight.


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