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Suspect charged in 29/King double murder tracked to New Jersey


Ali Muhammad Brown

The effort to find the suspect in the June 1st murders that left two men shot to death at 29th and King after a night out on Capitol Hill has moved to the East Coast. Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, is suspected in a weekend armed robbery at a New Jersey coffee shop.

Police identified Brown as a suspect in the double homicide of 27-year-old Ahmed Said and 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young after the two had been partying on Capitol Hill and were on their way toward home in the Central District. The slayings have helped spark an effort to address public safety in the city following a tearful vigil held at 29th and King.

Tuesday, King County Prosecutors charged Brown with two counts of first-degree aggravated murder. Brown currently remains at large.

The charges reveal details about the hours that lead up to the murders but police say there is not yet a clear motive:

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According to police, a friend of Said and Anderson-Young told detectives the two were meeting up with a third man that Saturday night after partying at R Place but that he had a “bad feeling” about the stranger. The friend told police that at closing time, he, Said and Anderson-Young left R Place to meet the man. The friend described the person as seeming “out of place.” Said offered to give the friend who talked to police a ride home but he said he declined the ride because he was “creeped out” by the man.

Another friend who met the group at R Place earlier in the night told police Said spent much of the evening on his phone and that he believed Said was using an app “like Grindr or Jack’d” — “These are phone apps on which gay men meet up with other gay men,” the police report notes. This friend told police he also saw the stranger with Said and Anderson-Young that night as they left R Place. That friend later identified the suspect Brown out of a police photo montage and was “100 -percent certain” he was the same person he saw with the victims outside the club.

Detectives were also able to retrieve video surveillance from a nearby business showing the suspect and Said and Anderson-Young together. Police say shell casings at the murder scene matched a 9 MM Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol purchased by the mother of Brown’s children that she said had gone missing.

The Seattle PI reports that a decade ago Brown was also tangled up in an FBI investigation into possible terrorist activity:

Brown was convicted of fraud following that FBI investigation. Agents determined that the men involved – presumably Brown – weren’t terrorists, though one prominent member of the group is thought to have been killed fighting in Somalia after fleeing prosecution in the United States.

In June, Brown was charged with failing to register as a sex offender following his conviction on three counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

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8 thoughts on “Suspect charged in 29/King double murder tracked to New Jersey

  1. Scary stuff. Hope they catch this monster and lock him away forever (assuming they don’t seek the death penalty).

    Guys, don’t into the car with anyone from an app the first time you meet them. Public places only! Be careful…

    • Good advice, but unlikely to be heeded. Some men think with an organ other than their brain. Anonymous sex with a stranger has serious risks. This is another example of the downsides to the computer/smartphone/app revolution.

      Hopefully, the amoral perp will be arrested and convicted. If this heinous crime doesn’t deserve the death penalty, then I don’t know what does.

  2. Whaaaa?

    Unbelievable. And I believe a lot of things. This guy is a serial killer just getting started. Man I hope the New Jersey cops are up to snuff.

    I read the profiles of the victims, they seemed like great dudes. Super sad.

  3. He looks innocent and from the crimes and ages of his previous victims, he seems like a great guy we should keep around. Sike!

    He’s a perfect example of why we need the death penalty.

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  5. Wow, three calls for the death penalty from readers of this Blog generally read by residents of Seattle’s most liberal neighborhood. That is almost as scary as the act committed by this sad and demented individual.

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