Fugitive wanted on homicide charge captured in Loyalsock Township

A Philadelphia man who allegedly shot and killed a man in Newark, N.J., in June was arrested at a Loyalsock Township residence last Thursday where police found marijuana packaged for sale and a handgun, state police said.

Ikei Jyon Harding, 25, allegedly shot Michael Drake in Essex County, N.J., on June 17 and had been wanted by Newark law enforcement officials on charges of homicide and unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit.

Harding, who also went by the name, Eric Harding, was arraigned before District Judge James G. Carn at 10:47 p.m. Dec. 5 and remanded to Lycoming County Prison without bail. Harding remained in the prison as of Tuesday awaiting a possible extradition hearing, according to an affidavit by Trooper Paul McGee.

Troopers went to the residence of Deon Jordan Henderson, 22, at 1545 Northway Road, shortly after 5 p.m. Dec. 5 after getting a report about the strong odor of marijuana coming from the place, according to Trooper Edward Dammer.

When police arrived, the troopers could see drugs and drug paraphernalia in play view, according to the affidavit.

Henderson was asked if there were any weapons in the apartment and he reportedly responded that there was a gun but was unsure where it was located. Another occupant, Keyonna Parker, 20, who lives at the address, told police the gun was on a floor next to a mirror. Troopers obtained a search warrant and confiscated a pistol that had its serial numbers removed, $714 in currency and the marijuana packaged for delivery. The marijuana was tested and it was positive as cannabis.

Henderson was charged with conspiracy, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia (a grinding device and glass jars for packaging drugs) and possession of marijuana, a small amount for personal use.

Also arraigned before Carn, Henderson was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $35,000 bail.