The man accused of shooting a New Jersey drug executive after he followed him home from a winning night at a Pennsylvania casino was spotted on a video attached to his victim.
Geekay Red John, 27, and another man are seen in a surveillance video from the Parks Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, lurking around the victim, Sri Ranga Aravapalli, according to Bucks County Courier Times, which cited court papers. The second man has not yet been publicly identified.
Red John, of Norristown, Pennsylvania, was charged Tuesday in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with one count of first-degree murder in the fatal attack. Cops say he sent Aravapalli about 30 miles to his home in Plainsboro, New Jersey, broke into and shot him multiple times.
The attack was apparently a bad robbery – Aravapalli cashed in around $10,000 in winnings before leaving the casino. Red John didn’t know Aravapalli, but he watched him take off, then hit the road to follow him home around 3 a.m., police said NBC4 New York.
The 54-year-old CEO of Aurex Labs in East Windsor had not even made it to the top floor, where his wife and daughter were sleeping, when Red John allegedly broke through a sliding back door, which was covered in plywood on Thursday, the station reported.
A neighbor told the station that the sound of a car racing away after gunshots could be heard in the upscale, quiet neighborhood. The initial information about Red John’s identity came from a video clip on a farm near the house.
Red John awaits extradition to New Jersey.
Aravapali also left behind a son. It is not clear whether the son was at home at the time of the attack.
Eric Hausler, CEO of Parx, confirmed in an emailed statement late Thursday that the victim was at the casino, and said they were cooperating with the investigation.
Court records show that Red John pleaded guilty in Montgomery County to a drug-trafficking felony in 2016 and was sentenced to a minimum of two to four years in state prison and eight years of probation, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
“It’s crazy,” said Sheza Khan, a neighbor of Aravapali. CBS Philadelphia 3. “I mean, unbelievable. Like how can someone follow him all the way and come in here and kill him at night? It’s so horrible.”