An 18-year-old suspect, Brian Dowling, has been charged with the murder of Brooklyn activist, Ryan Carson. Dowling was apprehended around 11 a.m. on Thursday and faces an additional charge for criminal possession of a weapon.
Detectives investigating Dowling’s residence, situated near the stabbing site, discovered him returning home. Police retrieved a sweatshirt matching the one seen in surveillance footage from the crime scene and a knife, now set for testing against the murder weapon.
The incident transpired early Monday in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant area when Carson, 31, and his girlfriend were returning from a wedding. The suspect, having passed by the couple seated at a bus stop, damaged nearby scooters and confronted Carson. NYPD’s Chief of Detectives, Joseph Kenny, stated that while Carson attempted to diffuse the tension, the suspect attacked with a knife. Carson fell after retreating and was stabbed three times, with one injury proving fatal.
Kenny disclosed that prior to the assault, the suspect appeared disturbed while conversing with a woman believed to be his girlfriend. Post-incident, she apologized to the victims, mentioning the name “Brian”.
The assailant was identified as a participant in a learn-to-work program at a Clinton Hill school and had a previous record of disorderly conduct from 2022.
Following the event, the NYPD made public a suspect image. As of Wednesday, the department was working on establishing probable cause for an arrest.
Ryan Carson, a dedicated campaign organizer for the New York Public Interest Research Group, focused on waste policy. He was also the founder of No OD NY, advocating for overdose prevention centers.
New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, labeled Carson’s killing as “unthinkable”, assuring that the NYPD would ensure justice.