BEVERLY CITY, NJ – A Burlington County man who locked hiself inside a home with four children, a woman and a dead body has been charged today with murder.
Burlington County Acting Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw and Beverly City Public Safety Director Rich Wolbert announced that Larry Brown, 27, who barricaded himself inside a Beverly City residence last week has been charged with killing a man in the home prior to the ensuing standoff with law enforcement.
Brown was charged yesterday with Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
“Brown was served with the warrant at the Prosecutor’s Office. He has been lodged in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly on charges stemming from the June 14 incident at the Bentley Avenue residence. A detention hearing will be held soon in Superior Court,” police reported. “The investigation began after the Beverly City Police Department was contacted on that date at approximately 1:15 a.m. by a woman who said she had just spoken to Brown, who was inside the home. She told police that Brown indicated 34-year-old Cecilio Luciano had been killed in the residence a short time earlier.”
A police report from the incident reads as follows:
During the incident, police became aware that a woman and four children resided at the home and were present with Brown. When contacted by police, Brown refused to exit the house, but the woman and kids emerged unharmed over the next several hours. Brown came out at approximately 8:30 a.m. and was taken into custody.
The New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit entered the home and discovered Luciano’s body. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood indicated the Highland Park resident had been bludgeoned to death. The investigation determined the weapon was a baseball bat.
Brown, who primarily resided with a relative in Burlington Township, was charged last week with Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons, Kidnapping and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, all second-degree crimes.