Ali Muhammad Brown, accused of shooting two men at close range in Leschi a month ago, has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.
Brown’s whereabouts are unknown. Police in New Jersey say he may be responsible for a robbery in that state last weekend.
The charges filed Tuesday offer new details into the slayings of Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, and Ahmed Said, 27, on June 1, but they do not explain a motive for the slayings.
Police said Anderson-Young and Said were hanging out at RPlace, a gay Capitol Hill nightclub, on May 31 and met up with a man identified as a friend of Said’s outside the club. One of Anderson-Young’s friends, who saw the stranger, told police that he was “creeped out” by Said’s friend and declined Said’s offer of a ride home, police wrote in charging documents.
Another friend of Anderson-Young said Said “continually talked about meeting someone outside the club later.” The friend told police that at the club that night, Said appeared to be texting over Jack’d or Grindr, two gay social networking sites, charges said.
After taking a look at the stranger, that friend also declined Said’s offer for a ride home, charges said.
Police say Brown, Said and Anderson-Young drove to Anderson-Young’s house, where Brown pulled a gun and killed the two men then drove off in Said’s car. It was later found abandoned in South Seattle.
Police said they linked Brown to the slayings after finding his fingerprints and three spent 9mm shell casings inside Said’s car. The mother of Brown’s children told police that her 9mm semiautomatic handgun was missing; she said Brown had access to the gun, charges said.
Looking at a photo montage at Seattle police headquarters, one of Anderson-Young’s friends pointed out Brown as the man who drove away from Capitol Hill with the victims, charges said.
“The murders took place less than 17 minutes after two witnesses saw Ali Brown leave with the victims in Said’s car. There is no evidence to suggest that Said and/or Anderson-Young were armed, and these murders do not appear to be motivated by robbery, drugs or any other crime,” Seattle police Detective Cloyd Steiger wrote in charging documents.
Steiger added that it’s “evident that these murders were premeditated and unprovoked and part of a common scheme or plan.”
Seattle police said last week that a motive for the slayings is not known.
Anderson-Young’s mother said in an interview with The Times that her son was gay. When asked last month whether the shootings were being investigated as a possible hate crime, Assistant Police Chief Carmen Best said “nothing is off the table.”
Seattle police said Brown is also wanted on warrants for failure to register as a sex offender. In March 2012, Brown pleaded guilty to communication with a minor for immoral purposes and was sentenced to a year in jail.
Police in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., say Brown was involved in a robbery in that city on Sunday and is wanted on a warrant.