by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
WEST ORANGE, NJ - Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, who is awaiting trial for the June 25, 2014 murder of Brendan Tevlin, was convicted today for a July 10, 2014 armed robbery in West Orange. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Brown was found guilty of robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and unlawful possession of hollow point bullets.
The Prosecutor proved that at about 6am, Brown came out of the woods where he had set up a campsite, and robbed the victim using a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun. The robbery took place in the parking lot of apartments on the 200 block of Mount Pleasant Avenue. In addition to pointing a handgun at the victim, Brown also threatened to the shoot the victim before forcing the victim into the trunk of a vehicle.
Brown took the victim’s driver’s license, credit cards, Apple I phone, computer tablet and other personal items. Over the next few days Brown used the victim's credit card at several places in Essex and Union County.
On July 18, 2014, police captured Brown at a campsite in the woods a few hundred yards from the location of the robbery.
“The defendant’s criminality in this case was a clear and present danger to the community," commented Assistant Prosecutor Jamel Semper.
Except for two days during jury selection, Brown refused to leave his cell and participate in his defense. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20. The state will seek the maximum penalty of 20 years.
No trial date has been set for the Tevlin case.