Chris Brown — Exercises Right to Remain Silent on Phone-Snatching Accusation

Chris Brown was asked squarely for the first time — Did he steal a Florida woman”s cell phone

Brown — who was in Orlando — was mum on the subject, but the freelance photog had some choice words for the silent Brown.

24-year-old Christal Spann filed a police report last Sunday — claiming the singer snatched her phone right out of her hands when she tried to take a picture of him … then drove away.

We posted a video this morning, showing an agitated Christal describing the incident to police … just moments after the alleged phone-jacking.

The case is under criminal investigation.