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November 16, 2018

Ex-boyfriend indicted for shooting former girlfriend’s new lover to death on Brooklyn street

May 29, 2018
Robert Flippin, 48, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, where he was arraigned for killing Laquan Surles, (not pictured) for dating his ex-girlfriend on May 29, 2018. (Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News)

A scorned lover was indicted Tuesday for killing his former flame’s new boyfriend on a Brooklyn street.

“I had to do it. I had to do what’s right for my family,” said Robert Flippen to detectives after he was busted for the May 6 shooting, according to newly released court documents.




Flippen, 48, was indicted for the second-degree murder of 39-year-old Laquan Surles at the corner of Third Ave. and State St. for dating his ex-girlfriend.

Flippens’ attorney Robert Reuland entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf at the arraignment.

When Flippen was taken into custody hours after the shooting, he urged detectives to find the murder weapon before a “kid could find it,” the documents read.

Flippen dismantled the gun and tossed the pieces in various parts of Boerum Hill.

He gave the detectives directions to the barrel and spring he threw in the middle of Smith St., and to where the bottom half of the pistol was buried three inches from a curb, the documents read.

As they passed the crime scene, Flippen allegedly looked at the sidewalk where Surles had fallen and coldly said, “There’s no candles, so the guy was not loved.”

If convicted for the top charge, Flipped faces 25 years to life in prison, though he said he was willing to plead guilty to manslaughter charges because he “cannot spend the rest of (his) life in jail.”




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