Saturday, October 25, 2014

Police in Bucks say man's death came after argument, drinking

Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
An argument between two co-workers fueled by a night of drinking in an illegal bar is believed to be what led to the bludgeoning death of a Trenton man Sunday morning, police said Tuesday.
Bucks County detectives, who are heading the investigation, have identified the man found beaten and stabbed Sunday morning on West Post Road, but his identity has not yet been released, Morrisville police Chief George McClay said Tuesday.
Murder scene on West Post Road
County detectives and local police said they are still looking for a third man — also an undocumented immigrant — who is likely hiding in Trenton. Two other men — brothers who are illegal immigrants from Honduras and Guatemala — remain incarcerated in Bucks County prison held on detainers from Immigration Customs Enforcement. They have not been charged in connection with the death as of Tuesday night, and their identities have not been released.
The victim was found around 8:30 a.m. on West Post Road 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 with a screwdriver, which police said they found near the scene.
The autopsy confirmed the man died of blunt force trauma, McClay said Tuesday. The newspaper has been unsuccessful in reaching Bucks County Coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell for comment since Sunday.
The argument between the murder victim and the missing man started in a Trenton speakeasy where the four were drinking Saturday night into early Sunday morning, McClay said. The four men got into a white van and drove into Morrisville, he said. Three of the men live in Trenton and one lives in Maryland, he said.
Police believe the van driver was one of the brothers in custody because the van is registered to him in Maryland. The third man is believed to have picked the West Post Road area because he and the dead man had worked in the area and he knew it was isolated, McClay said.
The third man appears to have planned to beat up the victim, but the beating turned fatal, McClay said. It’s unclear at this point what role the two other men played in the attack.
The brothers were taken into custody Sunday. One was found in the van, parked about 100 yards away from the murder scene near Ohio Avenue, and the other man was found nearby.

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