Muhammed Ali Brown, Eric Williams and Jeremy Villagran charged in murder of Brendan Tevlin
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The Essex County Prosecutor's Office along with Newark Police Director Eugene Venable and West Orange Chief of Police James P. Abbott announced at a 3 p.m. press conference today that Muhammed Ali Brown, arrested in West Orange on July 18 and wanted in the slayings of two youths in Seattle, Washington, has been charged in the murder of Brendan Tevlin, 19, of Livingston. Eric Williams and Jeremy Villagran were charged with felony murder in the death of Tevlin. Williams and Villagran were also charged with 1st Degree Robbery, 2nd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, 2nd Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
Brown, a registered sex offender, was charged with 1st Degree Murder of Tevlin, Felony Murder, 1st Degree Robbery, 2nd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, 2nd Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Villagran, 19, who lives at 275 Northfield Avenue in the Ron Jolyn Apartments in West Orange where Tevlin's vehicle and body were found, was arrested on charges related to an armed robbery in East Orange on July 10. He was booked and detained on multiple counts including weapons charges. Williams, 18, is also a West Orange resident.
Chasing New Jersey previously reported on the story surrounding Bond who was fatally shot in Newark. Bond was the third homicide in Newark to talk place in less than 24 hours. Surveillance images of two men near the scene of the crime were released and police were hoping to question them in regards to Bond's murder. It is unclear at this time if the men in the images are those under arrest. Similarly, Tevlin was fatally shot in West Orange while sitting in his parents SUV in a parking lot. Chasing New Jersey reported on how surveillance images of two men were also released in this case, but it wasn't until now that an arrest has been made. A $25,000 reward was being offered to anyone who brought forward information that led to an arrest.
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