SEATTLE, Washington -- The man accused of murdering a gay couple in Seattle reportedly has confessed to police that his killing spree was in revenge for U.S. military action in the Afganistan, Iraq and Syria.
Ali Muhammed Brown, 30, of Seattle was finally nabbed in July in New Jersey, where he is accused of murdering 19-year-old college student Brendan Tevlin on June 25 in West Orange, New Jersey. Tevlin, a student at the University of Richmond in Virginia, was found fatally shot in an SUV parked in an apartment complex with eight bullet wounds. Also arrested in the case were Jeremy Villagran, 19, and Eric Williams, 18.
Brown is also suspected in the murder of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson of Seattle. Just before midnight on April 27, Henderson was fatally shot several times as he was walking home from a convenience story.
Currently, Brown is behind bars in New Jersey, accused of four murders. He has been charged in the New Jersey case, and Seattle police want to extradite him to Washington to face charges in three previous murders. Brown could get charged as soon as Wednesday in the Seattle slayings.
It was the double slaying of gay couple Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, and Ahmed Said, 27, on June 1 that first caught the attention of authorities. Brown is known to have left RPlace, a gay club in Seattle's tony Capitol Hill neighborhood, with the gay couple. Brown and the couple were in Said's Mitsubishi Galant when the driver parked outside Anderson-Young's home.
Brown is accused of pulling out a gun and executing the couple before fleeing to the East Coast.
Seattle police say Brown is a convicted sex offender who has also served time in federal prison for bank fraud. Brown has been linked to a dangerous group of men who are supporting terrorism in Somalia, according to authorities. Police say he is a radical Muslim who claims to be a jihadi.
Brown was tied to all four murders because the 9-mm weapon found in his possession was used in the four killings. Coroners found 9-mm bullets in all four bodies and forensic evidence showed that the bullets came from the same gun.
“The defendant was on a bloody crusade, executing four innocent men with the same murder weapon, over the course of approximately two months, and all under the common and single scheme of exacting ‘vengeance’ against the United States government for its foreign policies,” according to a statement by the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
Brown allegedly confessed:
“My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That’s it. My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day.
“All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life.”