James Brown's daughter sought in North Augusta hit-and-run

Venisha Brown

James Brown’s oldest daughter is wanted by North Augusta Public Safety after she was accused of stealing a car from St. Stephen Ministries in Augusta and injuring her boss outside a bank in North Augusta when the boss tried to get the car back, authorities said.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to the intersection of West and Pine Grove avenues and found Hope Ellis Campbell, 46, of Grovetown, injured, according to an e-mail from Lt. Tim Thornton.

Campbell, executive director of St. Stephen, told officers she had spotted Venisha Brown, an employee who had stolen a gray Chevrolet Suburban from the ministry on Greene Street in Augusta.

Campbell said she reached into the car to try to take the keys, but Brown quickly accelerated, dragging Campbell into and over the hood of another vehicle parked in front of the Suburban, according to Thornton. The extent of her injuries was not released.

Brown drove away and was last seen headed into Georgia across the 13th Street Bridge.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Jimmy Young said Brown took the Suburban from the ministries’ building on Sunday and Campbell had reported the theft.

Brown is charged in warrants with possession of a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and first degree assault and battery.

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