A Staten Island man who police say was responsible for a traffic-stopping incident on the Verrazano Bridge was arraigned on murder charges Friday in connection with two separate deaths last weekend. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
Tyrell Brown, 25, held his head high Friday as he was brought into Staten Island criminal court. He faces a host of charges that include first degree murder and robbery.
Speaking exclusively to NY1, Savannah Collins, the mother of one of his alleged victims, expressed relief.
"Now it's just about getting him off the streets where he don't belong any longer," Collins said.
Court documents say Brown robbed and shot 23-year-old Devin Powell Sunday outside a laundromat. Later in the day on Britton Avenue in the Concord section, authorities say Brown shot 40-year-old Kuwan Collins after robbing him.
"He's a menace to society and he really does not need to be out here and I just thank God it got to this where they were able to capture him," Collins.
Brown also faces charges related to a carjacking and run-in with police on Monday at the Verrazano Bridge Toll Plaza.
Police fired several shots at Brown.
He got away, but was eventually captured and arrested Wednesday morning.
At Brown's apartment complex in Park Hill residents reacted with shock.
"I see them like almost everyday, coming in and out of that apartment. I had no idea," said one resident.
"I don't even know that the person got arrested over here. I so surprised," said another resident.
Brown is being held without bail.
He is due back in court Monday.
Authorities say he had previously served time for a livery cab robbery.