A 60-year-old man from Hancock, Md., was murdered on his way to work by three assailants on the side of a Pennsylvania road, even after he held up his hands and begged them “Don’t shoot.”
Authorities say this was all done for the purpose of a robbery, which in the end, netted the perpetrators a mere $24.￼Pennsylvania State Police say as a result, Ryan Lynn Horton, 27, Christian Sage Harris, 19 and Emily Belle Tucker, 21 will face charges of criminal homicide, criminal conspiracy homicide, robbery, criminal conspiracy robbery, theft by unlawful taking, and criminal conspiracy theft by unlawful taking for their role in the murder of the man, who has been identified as Edward Charles Gilhart.
Police say that the dastardly act occurred June 2, when the three alleged killers put a duffel bag along Buchanan Trail West and waited for a passerby to stop and look at it while they hid behind a rock. According to authorities, Horton and Harris were allegedly armed with pistols. When Gilbert stopped and got out of his car to check out the bag, Horton allegedly shot him several times and then took his wallet before Tucker and Harris drove away in Gilbert’s vehicle and eventually ditched it in Fulton County.￼Court documents say Gilhart’s body was found around 4 a.m., when a passing driver hit his body in the road. Police say that before they found the suspects, they spoke with a man who said that he was driving around 3:20 a.m., along the road where the murder happened, and he saw a blue backpack with red straps laying on the road. He thought it was strange, but he kept driving. However, when he drove past the same spot hours later and saw emergency personnel, he asked what was going on and then told police about the bag.
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The big break in the case came on Monday just before 7 p.m., when Tucker reported a domestic assault by Horton at state police headquarters in McConnellsburg, Pa. She proceeded to tell authorities about the robbery, claiming that it was Harris’ idea and she and Horton went along. Tucker told police she was not with Harris and Horton when they shot Gilhart, but Horton told her what happened. Harris was picked up by police and told them the three had all discussed ideas for the plan, and said Horton came up with the duffel bag idea.￼Harris claimed that while both he and were armed, only Horton fired shots.
Horton was the last of the three to be arrested and when he was, a duffel bag matching the description of the one used in the robbery was found in plain sight of the car he was driving.
Horton, Harris, and Tucker were all arraigned Tuesday morning and taken to Franklin County Jail after being denied bail.
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