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Suspect Charged With Murder Of An NYC Activist

18-year-old Brian Dowling arraigned in deadly stabbing of Brooklyn activist 01:50
NEW YORK — The NYPD says Brian Dowling, an 18-year-old Brooklyn man, has been charged with murder in the deadly stabbing of public policy activist Ryan Carson .

Dowling faced a judge Thursday night, arraigned on a second-degree murder charge. The judge denied bail.

Only CBS New York was on the scene when Dowling was taken into custody at around 10 a.m. Thursday at his family’s Brooklyn home.

“We have definitely seen him before, and he seemed like a very chilled kid, just mentally paranoid,” neighbor Gloria Reyes said.

Police questioned Dowling at the 81st Precinct, before he was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Prosecutors claim two people identified Dowling from the surveillance video and that police recovered the assailant’s apparent sweatshirt and knife. They also said the victim’s girlfriend did not pick Dowling out of a photo array she was shown.

Dowling cried quietly as he was walked from the 81st Precinct to be transferred to court. This is his first arrest.

“Not one life was lost, two lives were lost. An 18-year-old who will now be in jail … for the rest of his life, and a 31-year-old [sic] who tried his best to keep this community afloat. Everybody loses,” Reyes said.

Dowling’s parents were in the courtroom for his arraignment. He looked back at them frequently, and as he was taken back into custody, they waved goodbye and blew their son a kiss.

Dowling is due back in court next week.

Surveillance video shows person of interest
Carson and his girlfriend were seen on surveillance video around 4 a.m. Monday sitting at a bus stop on Malcolm X Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant .

Police said a man walked by them, with no interaction. Moments later, as the couple started walking, the man kicked over several moped scooters on the sidewalk, and then turned to Carson and said, “What are you looking at?”

“Mr. Carson begins to immediately try to de-escalate the situation,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said in an earlier briefing.

Read More: Ryan Carson stabbing death: Surveillance video shows person of interest police are searching for
That’s when the suspect pulled out a knife and swung at him, police said. Carson is seen tripping and falling to the ground, and the attacker stabs him three times, piercing his heart.

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