FORT LEWIS, WA — Two Fort Lewis Soldiers were arrested on post yesterday afternoon by Seattle Police Department in connection with robbery and assault at the University of Washington.
Arrested were Private First Class Chad A. Braden, 19, home of record Etna, Ohio; and Private Robert E. Lucas, Jr., 20, home of record Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Both Soldiers are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
- Pfc. Braden enlisted in the Army in Sept. 2007, and trained as an 11C indirect fire infantryman (mortars) at Ft. Benning, Ga. He arrived at Fort Lewis, Wash., in Feb. 2008, and was assigned to the 4th Stryker Brigade. He is a combat veteran and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in May and June 2008.
- Pvt. Lucas enlisted in the Army in April 2008, and trained as an 11C indirect fire infantryman (mortars) at Ft. Benning, Ga. He arrived at Fort Lewis, Wash., in Sept. 2008, and was assigned to the 4th Stryker Brigade. He has not been deployed.
The suspects were arrested following a joint investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Division and the Seattle Police Department. This investigation was aided by members of the suspects’ unit, who alerted the authorities to the alleged activities of the two individuals. The unit’s early identification of the two suspects, and quick notification of CID authorities, triggered the two arrests.
The Army is a values-based organization, and Fort Lewis officials emphasize that the crimes alleged in this case are contrary to those core values of service to the nation. The Army is keenly aware of the trust placed in our Soldiers by the greater Puget Sound community, and will always cooperate fully with local law enforcement authorities
anytime Soldier conduct appears to violate that trust.
The Army Criminal Investigation Division is cooperating with the Seattle Police Department as necessary in the ongoing investigation surrounding this case.