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Safaree Samuels robbery in Fort Lee.
Safaree Samuels robbery in Fort Lee. Video Credit: TMZ
Shawn Brandon Harewood Photo Credit: COURTESY: Bergen County Sheriff

FORT LEE, N.J. -- A former friend accused of robbing rapper-turned-reality TV personality Safaree Samuels and a companion remained held at the Bergen County Jail as surveillance video emerged of last week's holdup in a Fort Lee parking garage.

Shawn Brandon Harewood, 33 (mugshot above), is charged with two counts of robbery, as well as aggravated assault by pointing a firearm, theft, making terroristic threats and illegal weapons possession.

Although Harewood was ordered held pending further court action, a judge freed an accused accomplice, Jonathan G. Ricketts, who turns 28 on Friday. Ricketts is charged with robbery.

Extradited to New Jersey following their April 2 arrests, both men were brought to the Bergen County Jail on Wednesday.

A third suspect remained at large.

Authorities said Samuels and a companion were robbed of $183,000 in jewelry and cash in Fort Lee by Harewood, Ricketts and another man a week ago this past Monday.

A wild chase ensued across the George Washington Bridge, followed by a crash on the West Side Highway after which all three occupants bailed out of the getaway car.

Police grabbed Harewood -- whom those who know them say Samuels knew since they were young teenagers three men -- and Ricketts while the third suspect fled.

"Two dudes with guns just ran up on me," Samuels said during a visit to Power 105.1 FM. "Had me face down on the ground with a gun to my head."

A video released by TMZ on Wednesday (above) shows Samuels and the other victim being held up and then running away.

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