The man accused of killing two homeless men and shooting at others in Washington, D.C., and New York City has a lengthy arrest record that includes charges in multiple jurisdictions. His father told News4 that the suspect suffers from mental health issues and believes his son was largely “failed” by the justice system.
Gerald Brevard III, 30, who was arrested Tuesday in Southeast D.C. after a multistate manhunt, is wanted on dozens of charges in Maryland. He was also scheduled to be in court in Virginia this week for allegedly violating his probation, and according to online court records, has faced charges in the District as well.
In Fairfax County, Virginia, Brevard was charged with multiple crimes, including attacks on women in the Herndon area in 2020.
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As part of a plea deal, his initial felony charges of abduction with intent to defile and burglary were downgraded to misdemeanors. He was sentenced to serve 11 months for assault and battery and unlawful entry but was released or transferred from the Fairfax County jail before that sentence was complete.
He was sentenced to a year of probation. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said the plea agreement was reached because the witness couldn’t positively identify Brevard and there was no fingerprint evidence.
Court documents show prosecutors did recommend mental health and substance abuse evaluations.
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Last month, Brevard was charged with violating his probation on the Fairfax County charges and was scheduled to appear in court this Thursday.
In the nation’s capital., the suspect has faced a number of charges, including assaulting a police officer and theft in 2018 and 2019.
According to D.C. Superior Court documents, Brevard was preliminarily found not competent to stand trial. The court sent him to Saint Elizabeths Hospital for an evaluation, where he was treated and later deemed competent.
In Cecil County, Maryland, a court clerk confirmed Brevard is wanted on nearly three dozen misdemeanor theft and fraud charges. That bench warrant was issued in February of last year.
'He Suffers From Mental Illness,' Brevard's Father Says
Brevard’s father, Gerald Brevard Jr., said in a statement that he extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and is sorry for the lives that were lost in D.C. and New York City.
"I'm pained... He's always been a nonviolent, mild-mannered kid, very timid," he said in a phone call with News4's Shomari Stone. "I know it's alleged, but if it turns out to be true, knowing what I know over the years of dealing with him and his mental issues, I can just see how it just deteriorated."
In his statement, Brevard Jr. said he couldn’t speak to details of the case.
“He is a good person and like many across the world, he suffers from mental illness. The bigger picture is not that he has mental illness, but the number of times that he’s been within the judicial system and how the system has failed regarding the treatment of so many, including my son,” Brevard Jr. said.
He said his son was also homeless at times and stayed in a shelter in D.C. He has no idea why the suspect may have targeted homeless people or how he could have traveled to New York, since he doesn’t own a car.