Pharma executive is murdered by robber who followed him home from a casino in Bensalem Township just outside Philly to his home in Plainsboro, New Jersey
Sree Ranga Aravapalli, 53, was shot multiple times inside his Plainsboro, NJ, mansion in the early hours of Tuesday, during a home invasion robbery
Police said that Jekai Reid-John followed him for 50 miles to his home, after he spotted him winning $10,000 at Parx Casino just outside of Philadelphia
Aravapallin arrived home and was still downstairs when Reid-John broke through a rear sliding door, shot and killed him while his family were asleep upstairs
Security footage captured the killer’s car tailing Aravapalli, two days later police arrested Reid-John in Montgomery County, PA
27-year-old Reid-John of Norristown, PA, was arrested and charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree murder
A pharmacy executive was murdered in his home after a robber who witnessed him win $10,000 at a Philadelphia casino trailed him 50 miles to his home in New Jersey to rob him.
Sree Ranga Aravapalli, 53, was shot multiple times inside his Plainsboro, NJ, home in the early hours of Tuesday during a home invasion robbery after he was spotted winning $10,000 at Parx Casino just outside of Philadelphia and cashing in the windfall.
According to the police report, Jekai Reid-John, a complete stranger to Aravapalli, then trailed him for 50 miles from the casino in Bensalem Township to his residence in a quiet, upper class New Jersey suburb in the dead of night.
The killing happened around 3:38 a.m. Tuesday.
27-year-old Reid-John of Norristown, Pennsylvania was arrested and charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree murder.
Security footage from a nearby farm stand captured Reid-John’s car trailing Aravapalli’s, NBC New York reported.
When the pharmaceutical executive arrived home shortly after 3 am, the 27-year-old was close behind and broke in through a sliding door in the rear of the home.
Aravapalli was still downstairs when Reid-John shot and killed him while his daughter and wife were asleep upstairs, police said.
Security footage captured just one car make its way back towards Philadelphia following the shooting.
Two days later police arrested Reid-John in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and charged him with first-degree murder, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
He is set to be extradited to New Jersey.
The brutal killing of Aravapalli, who was a popular member of his local community, has left neighbors in shock.
‘No one wins in something like this. How can the person that did this think they could get away with it? Why would they kill him?’ Aravapalli’s neighbor Abhikanit Kar told ABC6.com.
‘You never expect this. We were shocked when we came to know what happened,’ he added.
The CEO of the casino from which Aravapalli was followed offered his condolences and said the casino was cooperating with investigators.