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Man wearing woman's clothes alleged deserter

BAY MINETTE (AP) — A 21-year-old man described by police as a two-time U.S. Navy deserter didn't go unnoticed when he was arrested at a traffic stop in Bay Minette. Police said he was wearing women's clothing and makeup.

Javaee Robinson was arrested during a traffic stop in Bay Minette after police learned he was wanted by the Navy for an alleged desertion.
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Javaee Robinson was arrested during a traffic stop in Bay Minette after police learned he was wanted by the Navy for an alleged desertion.
"A person in a town like Bay Minette that goes around dressed like a woman, stands out pretty good," Police Chief Michael Rowland said.

Police stopped Javaee Morrissette Robinson for driving with an expired tag Tuesday and learned he was wanted by the Navy for desertion, Rowland said.

Police don't believe Robinson was attempting to disguise himself. Rowland said Robinson has lived in Bay Minette for a while and has a history of cross-dressing.

"We just believe that is part of his particular lifestyle," Rowland said.

Since Robinson enlisted in the military for eight years starting April 5, this is his second desertion, according to Mike McLellan, a spokesman for the Navy Personnel Command. Robinson, an airman apprentice assigned to the USS Eisenhower based in Norfolk, Va., was also on the deserter list in July, but was returned to Navy custody in October, McLellan said.

Robinson was picked up at the jail Wednesday by a Navy official. McLellan said he didn't know what process would be followed in Robinson's desertion case because a lot of variables could influence it.

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