Lesley McSpadden Investigated for Robbery – Truth! & Investigation Pending!

Lesley McSpadden Investigated for Robbery – Truth! & Investigation Pending!

Summary of eRumor:

Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, led a group of robbers who stole “Justice for Michael Brown” t-shirts and cash from street vendors.

The Truth:

It’s true that Lesley McSpadden was under investigation for her role in an alleged altercation with street vendors who were selling “Justice for Michael Brown” t-shirts in Ferguson, Missouri.

The case was referred to detectives for further investigation. A police report on the incident didn’t indicate what charges, if any, would result from the investigation.

The police report said Pearle Gordon, the mother-in-law of McSpadden’s ex-husband, was among a group of street vendors selling t-shirts and afghans on Florissant Street when the incident unfolded on October 18, 2014.

Gordon reported that McSpadden was among a group of 20-30 people who “rushed” the street vendors to confront them about selling the merchandise. 

According to police report: 

“Gordon told McSpadden she was Michael Brown Sr.’s mother-in-law, and unless McSpadden could produce documentation stating she had a patent on her son’s name, Gordon was going to continue to sell her merchandise. Desureia Harris (McSpadden’s mother) told Gordon ‘you don’t know my grandson like that’ … and Harris then proceeded to rip down t-shirts and other items hanging on a line.”

Gordon told police the vendors were attacked and lost more than $1,500 in merchandise and $400 in cash in the encounter.

Police investigation into the incident is ongoing. Future updates will be posted here.