Saturday, October 25, 2014
Falls murder suspect still missing; Trenton man charged
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014
One of the brothers in police custody following Sunday’s murder of a Trenton man has been charged in connection with the death, but the suspected murderer continues to elude capture, according to the district attorney’s office.
Eric Sarceno, 24, of Trenton, was arraigned this week on charges of possessing an instrument of crime, hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence in the bludgeoning death, Bucks County Deputy District Attorney Robert James said. He’s incarcerated in Bucks County prison in lieu of $1-million cash bail.
Magnor Sarceno, 19, also of Trenton, is being held on a material witness warrant, meaning he was an eyewitness to the events before, during and after the murder, James said. The teen isn’t expected to be charged in the murder, but he’s being detained because he’s an undocumented immigrant who is a high flight risk, James said.
Bucks County detectives have filed an arrest warrant for the missing third suspect, who James declined to identify. That sealed warrant charges the third man with homicide and related offenses, James said.
The Sarceno brothers and the third suspect, along with the victim, are in the country illegally. The brothers and the third suspect are from Guatemala, James said. He didn’t identify the victim’s country. He did say the men know each other and work for the same unidentified landscaping business in Trenton, he added.
The murder suspect is believed to have been dating the brothers’ mother, he added. The U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement office issued detainers for the Sarceno brothers, meaning they will be held for potential action by ICE in addition to the criminal charges.
Authorities have tentatively identified the murder victim, but James said they’re not releasing his name until they determine that it is legitimate.
The brothers, the victim and the suspected murderer — a Trenton man in his late 30s, or early 40s — were believed to have been drinking together in an illegal bar in Trenton Saturday night into Sunday. An argument between the murder suspect and victim turned violent, according to authorities, who said they believe the murder suspect planned to beat the victim, but the fight turned fatal.
The victim was found around 8:30 a.m. on West Post Road near Ohio Avenue on the border between Falls and Morrisville. Police later determined the body was found in Falls.
He was severely beaten and stabbed multiple times in the chest and back with a screwdriver, which police said they found near the scene. An autopsy confirmed the man died of blunt force trauma.
County detectives and police said they believe the men drove to Bucks County in a white van that was found about 100 yards from the victim’s body. The van was registered to one of the Sarceno brothers, according to police, who said they believe the missing murder suspect picked the area because he knew it was isolated.