The suspect in a Seattle double homicide may have lured the gay men he allegedly killed through a M4M mobile "hookup" app such as Jack'd or Grindr, according to court documents released Wednesday.
Thirty-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in connection with the June 1 deaths of 27-year-old Ahmed Said and 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young, reports The Seattle Times.
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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.
Police and prosecutors have not offered a motive for the killings but a disturbing new theory has emerged in recent days. Brown allegedly "underwent [Islamic] jihadist training in California in April and they believe the two men were attacked simply because [of] their sexual orientation," reports Seattle's FOX 13.
There is a nationwide manhunt for the suspect. Brown is a native of East Orange, New Jersey and is wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a coffee shop last Sunday, reports the New York Daily News. "Brown is also wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. An Ocean County judge issued a $500,000 arrest warrant for Brown."
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