A second fugitive wanted in connection with a brutal beating of a guest earlier this month in his room at the Econo Lodge on East Third Street was arrested early Thursday morning in Philadelphia, according to state police.
Investigators allege Kenneth Martin was the gunman who first threatened to shoot Noor Ford and then beat the man several times over the head with the weapon and his fist at the motel, 2019 E. Third St., about 11:15 a.m. on June 19.
Martin, 35, of Philadelphia, was with a group of men who forced their way into Ford's room and fled with $500, an X-box and iPhone and a duffle bag full of CDs. Police said they believe the robbery was drug-related.
Martin was arraigned before District Judge Gary W. Whiteman on charges of aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering, robbery, theft and receiving stolen property. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.
At the jail, he joins Michael Tyrone Wills, 23, of 921 Clark St., who Whiteman arraigned Monday on similar charges for his alleged involvement in the holdup. Wills was jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail.