A New York City judge has charged a former “Law & Order: SVU” actor with murder after allegedly shooting a man ten times. Authorities charged and arrested 41-year-old Isaiah Stokes on Friday over the February 7th murder of 37-year-old Tyrone Jones in Queens, New York.
According to police, the perpetrator shot Jones multiple times in the face and head while sitting in his car. First responders pronounced him dead at the scene. Soon after, footage of the grizzly murder quickly started circulating online.
A source with the NYPD told the New York Daily News that Isaiah Stokes and Jones had gotten into a physical altercation four months earlier in October, at Jones’ birthday party in a nightclub in Long Island, New York.
According to the source, the fight started after Stokes allegedly hit on Jones’ girlfriend. Then, in February, police said Jones was waiting to meet a woman in the car around a mile from his home when a gunman ambushed him.
Jones was shot almost nearly a dozen times. At the crime scene, police recovered ten shell casings from a 9mm weapon. The released surveillance footage shows Isaiah Stokes as he walks past the driver’s side window of the car before returning and gunning down his victim. He also fled the scene of the crime.
The suspect was then seen on separate footage getting into a rented Audi. Afterward, the police tracked the vehicle to a parking spot near his home, according to police.
Authorities arrested Stokes on Friday morning at his apartment in Forest Hills. He was later arraigned that day on three charges of second-degree murder along with weapons possession.
Former ‘Law & Order Actor’ Isaiah Stokes Facing Life in Prison
He is set to appear in court on Monday. If convicted on the charges, he could face up to life in prison. Police also said Isaiah Stokes has several prior charges for drugs and also has ties to gangs. The New York City native has starred in several television shows, according to his IMDB page.
He played Mozzy in the TV series “Power” in 2019 and also had roles in “Boardwalk Empire” in 2011. Before that, he had a role in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2009. He also records music under the name I$AIAH, according to IMBd.
The shooting also comes amid an alarming crime wave in New York City. Gun violence continues to surge, and attacks on the city’s streets are becoming more and more commonplace.
According to NYPD data, shootings have swelled 28.9 percent in 2021 than last year as of July 11, with 803 incidents compared to 623 in 2020. Additionally, victims of gun violence are also up a staggering 22.2 percent in 2021, with 931 people dying from shootings compared to 623 by this time last year.