NEWARK, NJ - West Orange Police Chief James P. Abbott and Essex County Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced Monday afternoon that three men have been charged in the June 25 murder of 19-year old Brendan Tevlin, of Livingston. The prosecutor emphasized that the investigation remains on-going.
All three men are being held at the Essex County Jail, Newark.
Ali Muhammed Brown
Bail: $5 million
Brown, originally of East Orange, was recently captured in West Orange and transferred to Seattle, WA, where he was suspected of having committed two murders. The Prosecutor's Office had also been seeking information for him in regards to a carjacking in Point Pleasant on June 29.
The West Orange Police Dept and Essex County task force members found Brown on July 18 living in a makeshift camp in a wooded area of West Orange. The suspect was linked to Tevlin's murder because the weapon used to kill Tevlin was reportedly found on Brown and is allegedly the same weapon used in the Seattle murders.
Brown has been charged with:
Jeremy Villagran, 19, West Orange
Bail: $1 million
Tevlin was shot reportedly in the vicinity of Northfield Avenue and Walker Road, West Orange, but he was found in his family's Jeep Liberty in the parking lot of an apartment located at 275 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. Villagran is a resident of that apartment complex.
Villagran has been charged with:
Eric Williams, 18, West Orange
Bail: $1 million
Williams has been charged with:
Murray related that her office will prove that Tevlin was driving home in his family's car, when the three men drove up alongside him at a traffic light. The prosecutor believes Williams stayed in the car, while Brown and Villagran got out and, after robbing Tevlin of several personal items, began shooting at him. Ten bullets were fired; Tevlin was hit by eight of them.
Brown then reportedly got inside Tevlin's vehicle, moved his body into the passenger seat, and drove to the apartment complex.
Murray also stated that Villagran and Williams were the two individuals seen running in photos from a surveillance tape which her office released in connection to the case. Villagran is suspected of being the one shown in white.
“I applaud the hard work of the West Orange Police Department,