Two teenage brothers from New Jersey face murder charges after a Pennsylvania state soldier stumbles upon them while trying to dump the body of a murder victim in a remote area in the middle of the night, the authorities announced Thursday.
Joshua Gamble, 17, and Anthony Gamble, 19, reportedly left their hazard lights on when they parked their two vehicles along a road in a rural area of Bucks County, about 55 miles from their home in Somerset, New Jersey. The hazard warning lights led a passing state soldier to stop and offer assistance for what he suspected was a broken down vehicle.
But when the soldier approached, things took an odd turn, according to District Attorney Matthew Weintraub, who detailed the bizarre events leading up to the teens’ arrests at a press conference Thursday.
The soldier first noticed a young man lying on the grass who did not answer the call. Then, once the soldier stopped the man, later determined to be Joshua Gamble, it became clear why he had apparently tried to evade detection in the grass: he had blood on his shoes and was holding on a bloody keychain, according to Weintraub.
Another man quickly ran out of the woods and attempted to escape in one of the parked vehicles, but he was also quickly apprehended and, like his brother, was also found to have blood on him. his shoes, according to the authorities.
It was at this point that the soldier noticed a “substantial amount of blood” in one of the vehicles and the police quickly found the apparent source of this blood in the woods – an unidentified man with beatings. knife on neck, head and arms.
The two brothers now face charges of murder, conspiracy, possession of an instrument of a crime and tampering with evidence. The younger brother will be charged as an adult, Weintraub said. Police said the two stopped to buy gloves and disinfectant wipes a few minutes before pulling up and leading the soldier directly towards them with their hazard lights.
Investigators are still working to determine a motive, and the identity of the victim will only be known at some point after an autopsy scheduled for Friday.
“The Gamble brothers have no apparent connection to this region, being Richland,” Weintraub said. “Obviously this case is ongoing, I can’t predict the future, I don’t know what other facts will be revealed to us, but at the moment we cannot discern any reason for them to be in Bucks County. , in the Township of Richland.
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