A Muslim man confessed to killing four people as “vengeance” on the U.S. for deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran.
Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, is charged with the murder of three men in Washington and a teen boy in New Jersey.
Brown, a registered sex offender and transient, said the shootings were part of a mission of retaliation, according to court documents released Wednesday.
On April 27, he allegedly gunned down Leroy Henderson, 30, in Skyway, Washington.
He allegedly used a dating application to lure a gay couple, Dwone Anderson-Young and Ahmed Said, of Seattle, to a nightclub before shooting them.
Authorities believe he fled to New Jersey when investigators began circulating his photograph in relation to the crimes. He allegedly shot 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin as he stopped at a traffic light in West Orange.
“All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life,” Brown told detectives, according to the documents.
“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,” King County prosecutors said in court documents.
The murders occurred in isolated areas at nighttime. Each victim was shot multiple times. During the murder of Tevlin, investigators believe Brown didn’t act alone. His alleged accomplices, Jeremy Villagran, 19, and Eric Williams, 18, are also facing murder, robbery and weapons charges.
Brown has a lengthy rap sheet dating back longer than a decade, NJ.com reported.
“The investigation in King County and New Jersey reveals that this defendant is responsible for a series of murders, none of which appear to be provoked, and all of which show an extreme level of violence,” King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a statement.
Brown is currently being held at Newark's Essex County Jail $5 million bail.
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