A Brooklyn man arrested in Florida in connection with a deadly College Point shooting last month now finds himself in jail indefinitely.
Brandon Lee, 23, was ordered held without bail after being arraigned on Nov. 1 in Queens Criminal Court for the Oct. 1 murder of Jaquan Campbell, 25. Two others connected to the execution — Brooklyn residents Daijan Palmer, 25, and Darvin Guiteau, 24 — were arrested two weeks ago and are also still locked up, according to police.
Campbell was shot to death early on Oct. 1 after being ambushed near the College Point Multiplex on Ulmer Street. Police sources said the murder stemmed from a dispute involving Campbell and others that occurred earlier that morning at the Angels Strip Club in Flushing.
Based on confessions from Palmer and Guiteau and other evidence obtained during the investigation, police determined that Palmer drove a black BMW, with Lee, Guiteau and another man riding along. They followed Campbell, who was driving a black Lexus and accompanied by his girlfriend, at 3:24 a.m. on Oct. 1 to the intersection of Ulmer Street and the Whitestone Expressway.
According to the criminal complaint from the Queens District Attorney’s officers, all four suspects were armed with handguns.
Police said that Palmer intentionally rear-ended Campbell’s Lexus, prompting the victim to stop his car at the corner of 28th Avenue and Linden Place. Palmer then stopped the black BMW, and he along with the three other suspects got out of the vehicle and approached Campbell. They allegedly opened fire on the victim, striking him numerous times in the chest.
After the gunfire, prosecutors said, Palmer pulled the victim’s girlfriend out of her seat, and he and the other suspects got into the Lexus and drove away. They allegedly ditched the car at the corner of 120th Street and 26th Avenue, then fled on foot.
Officers from the 109th Precinct responded to the shooting. Paramedics pronounced Campbell dead at the scene; his girlfriend was unharmed.
Security camera footage from two nearby stores placed Guiteau and Lee near the crime scene shortly after the murder, according to the criminal complaint. Guiteau was spotted inside a 7-Eleven store on College Point Boulevard, while Lee was seen at a nearby deli calling a cab to go to Brooklyn.
Members of the U.S. Marshals and NYPD, acting on information they received, located Lee in Miami-Dade County, Florida. He and an associate — Krishon Hedge, 23 — were arrested after leading law enforcement agents on a high-speed pursuit through the area.
Lee, Palmer and Guiteau were each charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree armed robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence. If convicted, they each face up to 25 years to life in prison.