State police accuse 3 teens of fatally beating Indiana County pair
Police believe three teens used a baseball bat and a metal pipe to beat to death two Indiana County residents, according to a criminal complaint.
Investigators said the teens intended to rob Timothy Gardner, 26, and Jacqueline Brink, 20, at their Cherryhill Township apartment during a drug transaction. They allegedly made off with a safe, $200 and marijuana, police said.
After a 12-hour manhunt on Thursday, state police arrested Justin Tyler Stevenson, 19, and Isaiah Treyvon Scott, 17, both of Clymer, and Nathanial Ray Price, 18, of Cherryhill. All were arraigned Thursday on charges of robbery, conspiracy and two counts of homicide.
Affidavits of probable cause detail how troopers believe the teens planned the robbery and drove to the Hillside Drive residence where Gardner and Brink lived with Gardner's two young sons.
A neighbor told investigators he heard a knock on Gardner's door about 12:30 a.m., followed by a fight. The neighbor went outside and watched one teen run away while two others carried out a safe, police said.
The neighbor called 911.
Troopers found Gardner dead in the doorway and Brink dead in an upstairs bedroom.
A preliminary autopsy examination by Coroner Jerry Overman indicated Gardner was assaulted with a pipe and Brink was struck with a baseball bat, police said.
Another neighbor identified Scott as one of the suspects. Police found him at home.
Scott told investigators that Price and Stevenson picked him up about midnight, and they went to the Hillside Drive apartment. Scott told troopers he saw Stevenson hit Gardner in the head and neck with a metal object.
After running from the scene, Scott caught up with Price and Stevenson. He told police the trio went to Glen Campbell, where they opened the safe.
Investigators picked up Price next at his home, and Stevenson was arrested about 1 p.m. in Indiana.
In separate police interviews, Price and Stevenson blamed each other for the beating deaths. Both told troopers the other went upstairs to get the safe, and they heard Brink screaming, according to the complaint.
Two boys in the home — 1 and 3 — were not harmed, according to investigators.
Preliminary hearings are set Nov. 8. The suspects are being held without bail in the Indiana County Jail.
Scott is charged as an adult.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374 or email@example.com.