by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating a homicide:
On Tuesday, March 22, at approximately 7pm, Douglas Castellano, 69, of Livingston was found dead inside his Carteret Road home. Police discovered his body after family members indicated they had been unable to reach Castellano. Following an autopsy it has been determined that he was a victim of a homicide. The cause of death is blunt force trauma.
Ali Muhammad Brown Indicted Thursday on Brendan Tevlin Felony Murder and Terrorism Charges; Charges Against Co-Defendants Dropped
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Thursday, an Essex County Grand Jury returned a nine-count indictment charging Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, of Seattle with two counts of terrorism, one count of murder and other charges for the 2014 killing of Brendan Tevlin, 19, of Livingston. Brown, a self-described Muslim, is the first person in New Jersey to be indicted under the terrorism statute.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray dismissed the charges against two co-defendants, Eric Williams, 19, and Jeremy Villagran, 20, both of West Orange, who were arrested and also charged in August of 2014 with Brown.
“As the investigation continued, evidence was developed,
Ali Muhammad Brown is charged with the following:
The murder took place on June 25, 2014 when Tevlin, home after completing his freshman year at the University of Richmond was shot multiple times while stopped at a traffic light at Walker Road and Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Shortly before the murder, Tevlin contacted a family member to let them know he was on his way home after visiting friends. The investigation into the murder remains active and ongoing.
Brown is expected to be arraigned on Aug. 4, before the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division.
ROSELAND, NJ - Further information has been released from Roseland Police Department Chief Richard McDonough regarding Tuesday's arrest of two males in Millburn after a police chase which originated in Roseland.
McDonough explained that the incident began at about 4:40am Tuesday morning when Patrolman Martin Gutierrez was patrolling Eagle Rock Avenue near Locust Avenue and came upon a vehicle which he deemed suspicious. While continuing to follow the blue Chevy Monte Carlo, Gutierrez ran the plate and found that the car had been reported
stolen out of East Orange.
Without stopping for Gutierrez, the 16-years old male driver of the car, and his 21-years old male passenger led the officer on a high-speed chase which led up Livingston Avenue, onto JFK Parkway and into Millburn. The patrolman put out a call to his local law enforcement members in Livingston and Millburn and eventually, after the Chevy's front tire got blown out, the suspects made their way to the area of Parsonage Hill Road near JFK Parkway in Short Hills, left the car behind and took off into the wooded area.
Roseland, Livingston and Millburn Police were joined by the Essex County Sheriff's K9 unit and a NJ State Police Helicopter as they all searched the area, doing sweeps of the ground by car and on foot for the suspects and any possibly-tossed weapons.
Eventually, a member of Millburn Police located the two suspects and Gutierez placed them under arrest and brought them back to Roseland for processing.
Charges, Bail, Incarceration
The two men, both of Newark, were charged with the following:
McDonough expressed that he wished to thank the members of the Livingston and Millburn Police for their assistance.