A patron who left Parx Casino was followed to his New Jersey home by a stranger and murdered there in a robbery last week, according to law enforcement authorities.
The prosecutor’s office in Middlesex County, N.J., issued a statement that Jekai Reid-John, 27, of Norristown, Pa., had been charged with murdering Sree Aravapalli, 54, of Plainsboro, N.J., in the early morning hours last Tuesday. Reid-John was arrested the day after the killing.
Aravapalli had reportedly won money at the Bucks County casino and was followed after he got into his car to drive some 30 miles home. He sustained multiple gunshots that killed him, police determined when called to the home at 3:38 a.m.
The Bucks County Courier Times reported that, according to court papers, surveillance video from the casino showed two people had been near Aravapalli throughout his time in the casino, one of whom used a debit card bearing Reid-John’s name. EZ Pass records showed Aravapalli’s car was followed afterward by a white BMW reported to belong to Reid-John, the court papers said.
The newspaper account said Reid-John acknowledged to police he had been to Parx Casino to purchase food, and when questioned about what happened after he left the casino, he asked for a lawyer.
Statement from Parx
Parx CEO Eric Hausler issued a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened by the report that earlier this week a customer of Parx Casino was the victim of a homicide at his home after returning from a visit to the casino.
“We have learned that law enforcement officials have arrested a suspect who followed the victim home from the casino that night. Parx Casino has been cooperating fully with local and state law enforcement agencies in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and will continue to do so. Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim at this incredibly difficult time.”