Law & Order actor Isaiah Stokes is charged with murder for ‘shooting man 10 times in a daylight execution after argument over a woman
Stokes, 41, was arrested and charged Friday over the February 7 slaying of Tyrone Jones, 37, in Forest Hills, Queens, NY
Jones was shot multiple times in the face and head while he sat in a white rented Jeep near the corner of Linden Blvd. and 200th St. in St. Albans, NY
Jones was pronounced dead at the scene where cops found and 10 shell casings from a 9mm weapon
Police sources said footage of his execution was posted on social media
Jones and Stokes are said to have gotten into a fight four months before the murder in a Long Island City nightclub after he hit on the victim’s girlfriend
Stokes was taken into custody Friday morning at his apartment in Forest Hills before being arraigned later that day on three charges of second degree murder and weapons possession
An actor who starred in the TV series Law & Order and Power has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting a man 10 times in a daylight execution in New York City following an argument over a woman.
Isaiah Stokes, 41, was arrested and charged Friday over the February 7 slaying of Tyrone Jones, 37, in Forest Hills, Queens.
Police said Jones was shot multiple times in the face and head while he sat in a white rented Jeep near the corner of Linden Blvd and 200th St in St. Albans.
He died at the scene, where police recovered 10 shell casings from a 9mm weapon. while law enforcement sources said footage of his execution quickly started circulating on social media.
His death comes amid a surge in gun violence in the Big Apple in recent months, with shootings up 29 percent so far in 2021 and fears mounting that the city is headed back to the dark days of the ’70s and ’80s when it earned the nickname ‘Fear City’.
Stokes and Jones reportedly, had gotten into a fight four months before the shooting at Jones’ birthday party in a nightclub in Long Island City in October. According to the reports, Isiah Stokes waited four months to kill a man who’d argued with him over a girl, then Fled. He was finally arrested five months after the slaying, police said.
NYPD arrested Stokes, 41, on murder and gun possession charges Friday morning at his apartment in Forest Hills, Queens, police said.
The fight broke out when Stokes allegedly hit on Jones’ girlfriend, the source said. Four months later police said, Jones was waiting to meet a woman in the rented Jeep around a mile from his home when he was ambushed by a gunman.
Jones was shot almost a dozen times and police recovered 10 shell casings from a 9mm weapon at the scene.
The suspect was then captured on separate footage getting into a rented Audi, they said.
Prosecutors said surveillance footage shows Stokes walk past the driver’s side window of the Jeep before doubling back, gunning down his victim and fleeing the scene.
The net closed in on Stokes when police then tracked the shooters Audi to a parking spot near his home, they said.
Stokes was taken into custody Friday morning at his apartment in Forest Hills before being arraigned later that day on three charges of second degree murder and weapons possession.
He is scheduled to next appear in court Monday.
If convicted of murder, he faces up to life in prison.
Police said Stokes has several prior arrests for drugs and has ties to gangs.
Stokes, from Queens, has starred in several TV shows, according to his IMDB page.
He played Mozzy in the TV series Power in 2019 and had parts in Boardwalk Empire in 2011 and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2009. He also records music under the name I$AIAH, according to IMBD.
The shooting comes amid an escalating crime wave in New York City, with gun violence surging and attacks on the city’s subway systems and in the streets becoming increasingly common.
NYPD data shows that shootings have spiked 28.9 percent in 2021 compared to last year as of July 11, with 803 incidents compared to 623 in 2020.
Shooting victims are also up a staggering 22.2 percent year over year, with 931 people falling victim to gun crime compared to 623 by this time last year.