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Apalachin Home Invasion: Two York, Pa Men Charged With Murder of 32-Yr-Old Victim

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NYSP Captain Scott Heggelke announces the arrests of two York, Pennsylvania men in the May 9, 2019 Apalachin shooting death. NYSP Captain Scott Heggelke announces the arrests of two York, Pennsylvania men in the May 9, 2019 Apalachin shooting death.
OWEGO, N.Y. -

New York State Police have charged two men from York, Pa with second-degree murder in Thursday morning's home invasion on Dorothy Road in Apalachin.

Police say the men banged on the door of 5 Dorothy Road.  And that the victim, 32-year-old Brian Argro, let them in, a struggle ensued, multiple gunshots were fired. 

"There was definitely a struggle," said Captain Scott Heggelke. Authorities say the shooting was not a random act of violence.

Heggelke said at 5:55 a.m. the 20-year-old female, described as an acquaintance of the victim, called Tioga County 911. She also gave authorities descriptions of the men.

Deputies arrived to find Argro dead. 

Heggelke said Tioga County County Sheriff's deputies arrested 40-year-old Curtis Cuttino at 6:25 a.m. on Rt. 434.

A little while later, Vestal Police received information that helped track down the second suspect in the Liberty area.

At 10:25 a.m., Monticello Police Department officers located 46-year-old Michael McVicker at the bus station. Heggelke says McVicker had been using the name "Lee Sutherland" earlier in the day and had gotten a ride from Apalachin to the Binghamton bus station from a "good samaritan" who is not connected to the crime.

Both Cuttino and McVicker were sent to Tioga County Jail without bail.

Heggelke said investigators are pursuing several leads that they hope will provide answers to many unanswered questions including a motive. And possibly more arrests.

"We certainly would like to know how they got there....Who dropped them off? How did the men from York, P-A get there?" 

He adds that they know cars were seen near the home in the morning and that another car may have been involved. 

Anyone with information should call their local police department.