man, who is African-American, walking
toward Lululemon with two white men
and carrying a black backpack. He’d never
seen him with them before, or carrying a
Ruvin learned that the man was being
treated in a Takoma Park hospital for
bloody wounds to his head. Clues were
Sunday, March 13
With an arrest warrant in hand, the
police on Sunday night went to the hospital. But the man had his story ready.
He said he was bloodied because he’d
been assaulted on Saturday night in a
club by a man wearing dreadlocks. The
assailant was always hanging around a
social service agency in Bethesda and
robbed people on the streets, he said.
Drewry was known for his ability to
sense a person’s deceptions. “I’m not
feeling this guy,” Drewry said.
If Drewry wasn’t feeling the suspect,
some of the Lululemon women weren’t
feeling Brittany’s story either. They had
strong suspicions, and good circumstantial evidence, that Brittany had been
stealing from them. They wondered if
she could somehow be involved in the
crime—not as a victim, but as an accomplice. “I never believed her,” remembers
Courtney Kelly, a fellow salesperson at
Lululemon. “My initial thought was that
she let the men steal.”
Monday, March 14
On Monday night, Drewry and Ruvin
made the long drive from Montgomery County police headquarters to the
Washington, D.C., house that Brittany
shared with her sister, Marissa Norwood. It was a townhouse located near
Howard University. After one day in the
hospital, Brittany had returned home.
Drewry, as he almost always did, led
the conversation, striking a fatherly note.
Brittany spoke softly, adding details
that she hadn’t mentioned before. Her
attacker, she said, was wearing a hoodie
over his ski mask. His voice sounded like
he was in his mid-20s—and he smelled
of cigarettes. The men were definitely
white, she thought, and were laughing
a lot during the attack, as if they were
playing a game.