Isaiah Stokes, a TV actor who appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Rescue Me, was formally charged for murder during his indictment Friday. The 41-year-old reportedly shot and killed a man in his Jeep in broad daylight on February 7 in Queens, New York.
According to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Isaiah Stokes, known for his role on several TV shows, ambushed Tyrone Jones, 37, shooting him 11 times while he sat in his car. The actor is now facing a second-degree murder charge and was arraigned Friday on a three-count indictment.
The Jamaica, Queens resident was also charged with weapons possession charges, on top of his second-degree murder charge, during his Friday arraignment. Stokes was videoed in surveillance footage getting out of his car near Linden Boulevard and 200th Street before walking towards Jones’ driver’s side window and unloading 11 shots on the victim. Isaiah Stokes was clearly recorded standing next to Jones’ white Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to prosecutors.
Tyrone Jones, who is a resident of the Queens area, was pronounced dead by EMS following the deadly encounter. At this time, investigators still do not understand what happened to lead to the shooting, nor have they identified a motive in the killing.
Isaiah Stokes, who played Tyrone Beckwith in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the killing. The actor is scheduled to be back in court on Monday.
The Queens District Attorney, Melinda Katz, said in a statement Friday that “The defendant is accused of unloading nearly eleven shots during this brazen afternoon shooting.” She continued, saying that “Gun violence is all too prevalent in our neighborhoods. We will not allow it to become the norm.”
Isaiah Stokes has a lengthy TV portfolio, with appearances on crime shows like Blue Bloods and Law & Order, as well as dramas such as Boardwalk Empire and Power. The TV actor is the son of a Jazz musician and was brought up in South Jamaica, Queens.
In his IMDB biography, it says Stokes, also known as I$AIAH, is a passionate musician who started his career in the arts back in 1998 when he went to Delaware State University. He founded the campus’ first student organization dedicated to Hip Hop preservation, and went on to create multiple mixtapes and singles including his greatest hit, “I love you, Isaiah.”
The rapper and CEO of FONTY Records claimed in his bio that he is “definitely a future icon within the entertainment industry.” No bail has been set for Isaiah Stokes, who was indicted by a grand jury on Friday.
The February 7 killing of Tyrone Jones is part of a larger problem for New York City, which faces a crime surge amid loosening Covid-19 restrictions. There have been more than 945 shooting victims so far this year and more than 11,000 reported assaults. Crime is up more than six percent compared to the same period last year, with many deadly encounters throughout the streets of New York.
According to Eric Adams, “no one is going to come back” to New York if violence, especially gun violence in the city continues. He admitted that the “multibillion-dollar tourism industry” will collapse” because “3-year-olds are being shot in Times Square” and gun violence doesn’t seem to be letting up.
In the most recent CompStat report for New York City, which details crimes in the week from July 5 to July 11, there were 45 shooting victims across 38 shootings, as well as eight murders. Eric Adams promises to fight crime and Governor Cuomo claimed last Wednesday said that “Eric Adams and I are going to work well together.”