Police Charge Man in Machete Robbery of Supreme Court Justice Breyer

Bill Mears, CNN, February 21, 2012

Police on the Caribbean island of Nevis said Monday a local man has been arrested and charged in the recent armed robbery of vacationing Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The suspect, 28-year-old Vedel Browne, turned himself in Sunday after officials declared him “a person of interest,” and released his photo to the media, according to Sgt. Cledwyn Jeffers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.

Browne was formally charged with robbery Monday afternoon, said Sgt. Stephen Hector of the police force. Hector said the offense is a felony and carries a maximum sentence of 20 years upon conviction.

Breyer, his wife, her sister, and another guest were in the justice’s vacation home February 9 when an intruder armed with a machete broke in and robbed the occupants of about $1,000. Officials said no one was hurt in the incident.

The male assailant fled the scene, according to court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg. {snip}

Police officials in a news release said Browne has worked as a gardener, and Jeffers described him as a “Rastafarian.” {snip}


Nevis is part of the West Indies chain known as the Leeward Islands, located about 350 miles southeast of Puerto Rico.


Attacks on members of the federal judiciary are rare, but not new. Then-Justice David Souter was assaulted by a group of young males in 2004 while jogging alone in the evening near his Washington home. {snip}


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  • Anan7

    I posted about this before.  This “Justice” has been one of the most ardent supporters of gun control on the bench ever.  I see this as his just dessert.

    I feel bad saying this, but I doubt this man will change his ways.  If he had a pistol on him, the robbery would never have happened.

    I seriously doubt if a common white boy like me were robbed with a machete that the police would make as big of a fuss about it as they did about this character robbing one of our dear “Justices”.  Government officials in any capacity are the worst scum on the earth (saving Ron and Rand Paul from that, of course).

    And he is probably one of those “Justices” who would criminalize a website like AmRen for “hate speech”.  I wonder if this website is even visible in Canada or the UK?

    • dukem1

      What’s sad is that this will probably only increase our esteemed justices’ already copious amount of white guilt…He’s probably thinking,”Gee, I must really be a bad person to have driven a young man such as Vedel to such extremes.”?

      Well, it’s OK…He can take out his frustration on the US constitution.

      • Anan7

        Among many of the numerous problems facing our nation, the Libertarians are very much correct when they point out that government has been allowed far too much power.

        Scum like Justice Breyer are hard at work transforming America into a 3rd world garbage heap like Mexico or Haiti and it’s coming right back to bite him in the rear.

        I do not want to see another human being suffer, indeed as a Christian I must not.  Still a little part of me is happy that this happened to him.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Perhaps this was an eye-opening experience for Justice Breyer – one that might have transformed his opinions about race? Nah, don’t count on it!

    • sbuffalonative

      He was robbed once before in DC while jogging. It didn’t seem to have any affect on him. God keeps trying to teach him a lesson but he seems to be a slow learner.

  • Christopher_Nelson

    I would hope that Breyer would be nice enough to drop all charges. After all, it was most likely institutional white racism which led to this robbery, even in the Caribbean.

    I certainly blame this on white racism, some how, and  in some way.

    White racism is everywhere!!!!!!

  • JohnEngelman

    Sometimes it takes an event like this to cause the victim/s to realize that Sidney Poitier is atypical. 

  • Bruno

    Oh Justice don’t be mad this is an example of the Diversity YOU always clamor for this is what us Not Up In Your Ivory Tower face everyday on the streets and in our homes here in America.
    Maybe if he had thumped this guy on the head a few times with his weapon the Justice may have woken up and smelled the coffee.
    He probably couldn’t get to his gun in the suitcase?

  • blight14

    I actually see this as a ‘missed opportunity’………….