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Staten Island Carjacking Suspect Charged With Murder

Tyrell Brown (credit: NYPD)

Tyrell Brown (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police said a suspect who was arrested for a Staten Island carjacking after fleeing police near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll plaza has now been charged with killing a man.

Tyrell Brown, 25, has been charged with murder in the death of Kuwan Collins of Voorhees Township, N.J. Collins was found with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday on Staten Island, police said.

Police said Thursday they’re also questioning Brown in connection with another homicide in the borough that day.

Both killings occurred shortly before the carjacking on Sunday, which police said happened just after 6 a.m. on Holland Avenue.

Police said Brown, armed with a gun, walked up to a 29-year-old man and demanded money. After ordering the victim to lay on ground, Brown jumped into the man’s 2006 Hummer and sped off, police said.

Police said authorities had been on the lookout for the stolen Hummer when early Monday morning, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority officers spotted the vehicle heading towards Staten Island on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

When police stopped the vehicle near the toll plaza, police said Brown sped off and broke through the toll barrier.

The vehicle was later found abandoned in the area of Narrows Road North and Stuben Street, police said.

Brown was arrested Tuesday night after police said he tried to steal another vehicle on Walker Street around 9:40 p.m., but abandoned the 2013 Honda Civic after realizing it was a manual transmission.

Police said about a half an hour later, officers on patrol received information on his whereabouts and apprehended him.

In addition to the murder charge in connection with Collins’ death, police said Brown is also charged with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property, attempted robbery, attempted assault, reckless endangerment and other charges.

Police said Brown was released on parole in May after serving time for a robbery.

It wasn’t immediately known if Brown had a lawyer.

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