Man Accused Of Shooting Teen At Towson Town Center Appears In Court

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)— The accused triggerman in a deadly shooting at Towson Town Center appeared in court Friday.

Mike Hellgren explains how police used surveillance video to make the arrests.

All four of the men charged with murdering a teenager at Towson Town Center will stay behind bars. A judge denied their bail.

And in court, WJZ learned more about the surveillance video that police credit with solving the case.

It’s part of an extensive network of 200 cameras at the mall, upgraded after the murder of a teacher during a botched robbery in 2005.

But prosecutors said the video they recovered in this case does not show the actual shooting. It does show the shooter, Tyrone Brown, walking through the mall wearing a mask.

And WJZ also learned Jermell Brandon– the man who police say first spotted the victim and tracked him through the mall– was interviewed twice by detectives before they arrested him.

“I wouldn’t say he’s cooperative, but he’s come in when he’s been asked to come in by homicide and the state,” William Purpura, Brandon’s defense attorney, said.

“The entire family is shocked that he’s been arrested on this, and we’ll just see what the evidence shows as time goes on,” Purpura said.

Rodney Pridget Jr.’s father says he’s heartbroken but relieved.

“Good. They need to be in jail. You can’t go around here killing people, you know what I mean? Thinking you can get away with it,” Rodney Pridget Sr. said. “Love that boy. Plus, he was my only son. I love him, and I miss him. I see his face every night.”

The accused shooter told the judge: “I was hoping I could get bail so I could seek appropriate representation.”

He slouched in a jail-issued jumpsuit, appearing on closed-circuit television. Police have not commented on the motive.

“The analogy of a football game, we’re just at the initial kickoff,” Purpura said. “We’ve got a long way to go, and we’ll see what happens as it unravels.”

Tyrone Brown, the accused shooter, could face the death penalty.

All of the men charged have prior criminal records.

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  1. whatnow says:

    It was a hit, plain and simple. No place in this state is safe anymore. I hate snow but Montana is looking better and better all the time!

  2. wise guy says:

    What ever happen to an old fashion fist fight? What justifies shooting and killing someone? Guns dont make you tough you stupid monkey. Death penalty!

    1. ANG says:

      I AGREE WITH U NOTHING JUSTIFIES SHOOTING OR KILLING SOMEONE. AND GUNS DNT MAKE U TOUGH. bUT WITH THT BEING SAID IF NOTHING JUSTIFIES KILLING SOMEONE Y SHOULD THE ACCUSED MAN B KILLED. A LIFE FOR A LIFE UH NO….DOESNT SEEM RIGHT TO ME.

  3. Syria991 says:

    He’s no good to anyone!!!

    1. ANG says:

      he is some good to alot of people like his family. thats my blood., All they have is him supposedly walking through the mall with a mask on his face. Did u ever stop to think if he had a mask on how do they kno it was him. Jus because you dnt him doesnt mean he”s no good. Who r u to judge! INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY…REMEMBER THAT!

  4. Robert Long says:

    They need to kill this animal. As with the rest of these idiots in those cells waiting to be killed. Get rid of the trash and send a message!. And we need to stop Omally from trying to get rid of the death penalty!. What kind of message will that send people? People are not scared of jail!. Its fun for them to hang out with there home boys there. Kill them and get rid of them all!!!

    1. ANG says:

      HE IS NOT AN ANIMAL! HE IS A PRODUCT OF HIS ENVIRONMENT! AND U OR THE GOVT DNT KNO IF HE DID KILL RODNEY! DO U HAV A GU!? DO U HAVE HIM ON CAMERA SHOOTING ANYONE!? NOPE I DIDNT THINK SO. WAT IF U WERE WRONGFULLY ACCUSED OF SOMETHING THEN THEY DECIDED TO JUS KILL U! hOW BOUT WE JUS KILL U AND GET RID OF U. wAT U THINK ABOUT THT? WHO R U TO DECIDE WHOSE TRASH AND WHOSE NOT!

      1. death penalty not use enough says:

        um the 25+ criminal case that are in his name thats a good way of spotting Trash

      2. Diane King says:

        Zing!

      3. ang says:

        Im speakin on the accused shooter tyrone. he does not have 25+ criminal cases

  5. DEATH PENALTY ADVOCATE says:

    Mr. O’Malley, PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE do not try to do away with the death penalty. Maryland REALLY NEEDS IT. Think of it as a GAS TAX.

  6. MD VOTER says:

    Unless the death penalty is enforced this will continue. They have no fear of the justice system. This animal is charged with murder and thought he would get bail. Without fear there is no respect. If convicted the sentence should be carried out within a couple of months, not 20 years.

  7. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    If they know they are on video camera & they’re all over the places where they commit crimes, what makes anybody think tese spooks will fear the death penalty prior to blasting someoone? They don’t think, that’s part of the problem. These thug low lifes act on feelings, they are prisoners of their emotions.

  8. Lydia says:

    I truly doubt Jermell Brandon’s “family was shocked that he’s been arrested on this”, as the attorney is quoted as saying. Judging by his history on the MD Judiciary Case Search, everything he’s been involved in over the last, oh, FIFTEEN YEARS or so has lead up to the atrocity he’s involved in now. Never deny the truth about anybody.

    I pray for the family of the young man murdered because we continue to set people free who are a risk to the public.

  9. spiegelsteven says:

    Im sick of all the whineing and crying that inner city Black Youth cant find work so they resort to crime. I did a job in north Baltimore and offered Several young Black Men a position with my company for $14 dollars a hour they told me they made to much money otherwise so its not that they cant find work its they dont want to work. They would rather hang on the corner with there homies and sell drugs.

  10. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Welfare comes out to more than $14 a day, why should they do anything when they can get paid for doing nothing which is in their DNA anyway. Not all of them but the Hip-Hop crowd that was born out of wedlock & raised on the streets with no value system or goals in life.

  11. Jason Jones says:

    Time to bring back good ol’ fashioned Mississippi Wind Chimes.

    Hang ’em high! Hang ’em high! For ALL the people to see.

  12. marilynn brantley says:

    Good police work, they need to be put away for life all of
    them sent to prison in a foriegn country like Iran, or afganistan!
    I am suprised at the older men invovled, How pathetic!

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