The executive pharmacist was followed 50 miles from a casino in Pennsylvania to his home in New Jersey, where he was killed during an alleged robbery attempt while his wife and daughter were asleep, police said.
Fifty-four-year-old Sree Ranga Aravapalli had cashed paid out his winnings of about $ 10,000 on Tuesday morning at Parx Casino in Bensalem when he was seen by 27-year-old Jekai Reid-John of Norristown, Pennsylvania, New York Post reported.
– New York Post (@nypost) October 30, 2021
Reid-John, whom Aravapalli did not know, allegedly followed the man in his car as he drove back to his neighborhood in Plainsboro, New Jersey, the Middlesex County Attorney’s Office said.
Office in detail incident in a press release on Wednesday:
On October 26, 2021, around 3.38, authorities responded to a residence at Briardale Court following a report of shots fired. Upon their arrival, officers discovered 54-year-old Sree Aravapalli of Plainsboro, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Aravapalli was taken from the scene to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An investigation by Detective William Atkinson of the Plainsboro Police Department and Detective Paul Kelley of the Middlesex County Attorney’s Office found that Aravapalli was fatally shot at his home during an attempted robbery.
According to authorities, a camera on a nearby farm captured footage of Aravapalli driving home with the suspect behind him.
The camera also showed him driving backwards.
“Reid-John was arrested and charged Tuesday in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania for one first-degree murder charge,” Publication The report added that the arrest came on a day when Aravapalli’s loved ones were mourning his funeral at a cemetery in South Brunswick.
Authorities said more charges were likely to be filed, and the suspect was detained in Pennsylvania, where he remained while awaiting an upcoming extradition hearing.
In a post on social media on Wednesday, the Plainsboro City Police Department offered condolences to the Aravapalli family:
Criminal Murder Investigation On behalf of the Plainsboro Police Department, I would like to express my sincere condolences …
“This is an unexpected and worrying event for their family, friends and our entire community,” the post said.
Department also shared Middlesex District Attorney’s Press Release:
Check out the Middlesex District Attorney’s press release
Aravapalli worked for seven and a half years as the executive director of the Aurex Labs laboratory in East Windsor. Publication the article said.