WILKES-BARRE — City police and Luzerne County detectives on Wednesday filed criminal homicide charges against Jordan Stevens in the deadly shooting of Christopher Narainasami, 18, on Sept. 13.
Narainasami, of Hazle Street, and Alexander Torres Silva, of South Sherman Street, both in Wilkes-Barre, were shot while they were walking through the Boulevard Townhomes Apartment Complex on South Welles Street.
Narainasami died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township. An autopsy by forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross determined Narainasami died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Silva survived a gunshot wound to his hip.
A third person who was with the pair was not injured.
Stevens was identified as a person of interest in the case and was captured by authorities with the U.S. Marshals Service, state police and city police several days after the fatal shooting at a residence on Hutson Street.
Surveillance video recorded Narainasami, Silva and the third man walking through the apartment complex when the gunman, without provocation, turned and drew a gun, discharging several rounds, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.
Stevens is facing charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and firearm offenses.
Stevens previously resided on North River Street and Eastview Drive, Sherman Hills, both in Wilkes-Barre, according to court records.
Police said last September that Stevens was wanted by the state Department of Probation and Parole. He was released from state prison in October 2012 after serving a sentence for a home invasion in Wilkes-Barre nearly eight years ago.
Court records say Stevens was one of three men who forced their way into an apartment at 565 N. River St. and assaulted three people, including a woman who held a baby, on Dec. 12, 2005.
One of the invaders shot a man in the hip with a small caliber gun that was later found by Luzerne County deputy sheriffs in Stevens’ residence at 244 Eastview Drive on June 7, 2006.