Ali Muhammad Brown appears in court in Essex County, N. J. in August 2014.
(Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger via AP, Pool, File)
A Seattle man accused of embarking on a killing spree in 2014 pleaded guilty Friday to an armed robbery outside a New Jersey coffee shop, four days after he killed a local student.
Ali Muhammad Brown, 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree theft and a weapons charges related to the June 2014 incident in Point Pleasant Beach, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Prosecutors said Brown was confronted with a victim outside the coffee shop, armed with a gun on 29 June 2014. Brown eventually took the victim keys and purse, the Press reported, but could not drive in the car of the victim because he did not know how to drive a stick shift.
Investigators said Brown fled on foot to a nearby supermarket, where he had a bag of his belongings. The bag was later found by detectives.
Brown was arrested the following month. He is currently working in 35 years for a robbery in West Orange, that took place after the Point Pleasant Beach robbery.
Earlier this month, Brown admitted to fatally shooting 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin as the victim was sitting at a traffic light in West Orange on June 25, 2014. He also admitted to killing three men in Washington state. The men are identified in the local news on 30-year-old Leroy Henderson, 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young and 27-year-old Ahmed Said.
At the time, Brown claimed that he was engaging in a “jihad” to take revenge for the death of Muslims as a result of the AMERICAN military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the public prosecutor said that he killed one of the Washington state men in a road rage incident, while the other two men were killed, because he believed that they are gay.
Brown has yet to make a formal plea in the state of Washington cases.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.