Security was tight early Tuesday morning when the second man wanted in connection with a brazen mid-day drug-related shooting on Jordan Avenue in Montoursville in late May was arrested and brought before a judge to face attempted murder and related charges.
Four state troopers were on hand for the 3:45 a.m. arraignment of Billy William Golden Jr., who allegedly tried to kill Chad Stutzman by firing shots at him inside Stutzman's first-floor apartment at 324 Jordan Ave. about noon on May 28, said Trooper Tyson Havens.
Golden, of 815 Elmira St., and a second man, Donte Jamal Jones, 22, of Colwyn, Delaware County, were both armed with handguns when they allegedly kicked in Stutzman's back door.
Jones and Golden fired shots at Stutzman at close range, but he managed to escape out his front door unharmed, Havens said.
Jones was arrested June 10 and remains jailed.
Havens said investigators believe the shooting was an act of revenge sparked by Stutzman, an admitted heroin addict, stealing "numerous bricks of heroin" from Jones and Golden after all three men drove to Philadelphia on May 22 to get the controlled substance.
Short on money and in desperate need of heroin, Stutzman had agreed to take Jones and Golden to Philadelphia to get some heroin.
Jones directed Stutzman to to a house of a drug dealer, where heroin was loaded into the trunk of Stutzman's car under a spare tire. The three men then went to the shoe store, but Stutzman slipped away and drove from Philadelphia straight to his apartment.
When he got to Montoursville, Stutzman, who is about 30, discovered "several bricks of heroin (50 bags per brick)" and two handguns in his trunk.
"Stutzman secured the drugs and guns in his apartment and used some of the heroin," Havens was told.
Arrested late Monday night near Lehighton, Carbon County, Golden was arraigned before District Judge James Carn on conspiracy to commit attempted homicide, burglary, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering, simple assault, possession with intent to deliver heroin as well as one count each of discharging a firearm inside a home and convicted felon not to possess a firearm.
Golden was convicted of felony assault in New York State in 2009. Like his alleged co-conspirator, Golden was automatically placed in the Lycoming County Prison after Carn ordered him incarcerated without bail.