LOS ANGELES - Chris Brown has been transferred into the custody of federal agents for extradition to Washington to face an assault trial, officials confirmed Thursday.
U.S. marshals took custody of the 24-year-old recording artist after an extradition hearing before a federal magistrate in Los Angeles Wednesday, according to Laura Vega, spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service.
Brown is being held in federal custody in Los Angeles while he awaits booking on the Justice Department's "Con Air" system, which carries prisoners on government planes, Vega said. The hopscotch route could take up to two weeks, with several layovers and transfers, she said.
Brown has been confined to the Los Angeles County jail since he was booted from a court-ordered rehab program three weeks ago.
The U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., petitioned for Brown to be extradited from Los Angeles to D.C. for his April 17 trial.
Brown and his bodyguard are accused of assaulting a man on a D.C. sidewalk last October.
The singer is on probation for the 2009 felony assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.