According to the Lehigh County District Attorney's office, two Allentown men have been charged with homicide in a Feb. 3 fatal shooting at an apartment on West Emmaus Avenue in Allentown.
Jefran Canales-Tapia, 28, of Allentown, and Luis Armando Santiago-Nieves, 25, of Allentown, are charged with homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and robbery in the death of a 33-year-old male.
The charges were filed after an investigation by Allentown police and the Lehigh County District Attorney's Homicide Task Force. First Assistant District Attorney Steven Luksa said the homicide was the result of a drug-related robbery.
According to a press release, police responded to 2496 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown for reports of shots fired inside the apartment building. Police found the victim, who appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds, lying on the kitchen floor of an apartment.
Police followed a blood trail and footprints in the snow from the main entrance to the victim's apartment to the area of 2508 Agnes Drive. Santiago-Nieves was located inside Apartment 8 at that address and was taken into custody. Canales-Tapia later was taken into custody as a result of a vehicle stop at Fifth and Cleveland streets in Allentown at about 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3.
As in every criminal case, the fact an arrest has occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation; and the defendants, Jefran Canales-Tapia and Luis Armando Santiago-Nieves, are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The victim was later identified as Edgardo Fuentes Rosado.