The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement that 45-year-old Eric Brian Brown was charged Wednesday with kidnapping 19-year-old Ashanti Billie.
Billie, 19, disappeared on September 18 while she was en route to work at a sandwich shop on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Norfolk, Va. Surveillance video showed Billie driving her vehicle onto the base that morning.
He faces life in prison if he's convicted.
Although investigators have not released a possible motive, witnesses told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he hated black women and referred to them as "gold diggers" who were "hypnotized by social media", court documents state.
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Brown, who spent 21 years in the Navy, worked as a day laborer and helped with construction of the Blimpie's this past summer. Investigators say they believe he was homeless and lived on and off naval bases, but frequently visited the restaurant and nearby businesses. Video depicts a different person in light colored clothing driving her vehicle out of the base about a half-hour later.
Investigators have not revealed the exact cause of Billie's death. Her cellphone was found in a dumpster later the same day.
Billie was abducted from a military base in Norfolk. Multiple news outlets, citing court documents, reported that Billie's trousers were found in her auto with dirt on them. They say Brown's web search history on his phone after Billie's disappearance includes phrases like "police looking for man", "missing woman and baby", and "missing woman and man".
An arrest has been made in the death of a 19-year-old Prince George's County woman who was found dead in North Carolina.