A man wanted in connection with the slayings of two men in Seattle a month ago is also a suspect in an armed robbery Sunday in New Jersey, police said.
Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, who is homeless, is wanted on a warrant for robbery and possession of a weapon in connection with the robbery of a man at a Point Pleasant Beach coffeehouse, police said.
Around 8 a.m. Sunday, a 46-year-old Washington, D.C., man was robbed at gunpoint at Green Planet Coffee, according to police. The robber got away with the man’s wallet and keys, police told the news website nj.com.
A Point Pleasant Beach police detective said the robber changed his clothes after the robbery.
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Based on evidence found in the area, police believe the assailant, described as 6-foot-1 in height and approximately 30 years old, is from the East Orange, N.J., area. The gun was not found, police said.
Point Pleasant Beach police say they are working with police in Seattle and the U.S. Marshals Service in the hunt for Brown, according to the Asbury Park Press.
A Seattle police spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that police here have been in contact with Point Pleasant Beach authorities.
Seattle police have identified Brown as a suspect in the fatal shootings of Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, on June 1 in Leschi.
Police say Brown left with the two victims from RPlace, a gay Capitol Hill nightclub, and drove toward Anderson-Young’s house in Said’s Mitsubishi Galant. As they were outside Anderson-Young’s home Brown pulled out a gun and killed the two men, police said.
A police source said Brown was identified as a suspect from fingerprints found inside the Mitsubishi.
Seattle police said Brown also is wanted on warrants for failure to register as a sex offender and for the slayings. In March 2012, Brown pleaded guilty to communication with a minor for immoral purposes and was sentenced to a year in jail.
Seattle police said last week that a motive for the slayings is not known.
Anderson-Young’s mother said in an interview 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 last week that Brown was believed to be hiding in Pierce County.
Seattle Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green and news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report, which includes information from Times archives.