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Pair arrested in connection with homicide in Allentown, police say

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 04 2013 10:27:59 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 05 2013 10:53:09 AM CST

Arrests made in Allentown homicide case

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

What do a hand cut and a fresh snowfall have to do with each other? They both led Allentown Police to two weekend murder suspects.

As Edgardo Fuentes Rosado's body was being removed from his apartment, police were already nabbing the two men charged with his murder. News of the arrests was a relief for neighbors at the Wynnewood Apartments off W. Emaus Avenue.

"I feel great about that, because this is a nice little area," said resident Stacy Sapp.

Police claim it was a drug-related robbery. According to court documents, footprints and a trail of blood in the snow led cops right to suspect Luis Santiago-Nieves, who lives at the nearby Riverbend Apartments.

Santiago-Nieves allegedly told investigators that he held the victim down while another man pistol whipped, and later shot, him.

Officers later arrested Jefran Canales-Tapia in a traffic stop near Good Shepherd Hospital. Canales' wife insisted to 69 News that her husband had nothing to do with the shooting, and was with her at the time.

However, arrest papers say Canales had a cut on his hand identical to one Santiago-Nieves claimed he got from pistol-whipping the victim.

"This was probably an isolated incident and the police are on top of it, so I wasn't too worried about it," said John Schaffer, who lives just below the shooting scene.

Wynnewood residents said the complex is extremely safe.

"I live here for 16 years, and never, ever experienced something like that," said neighbor Janet Grindley.

"Maybe for breaking in cars a little bit, we have no problems here, and everybody's nice to everybody, added Sapp.

After Sunday's homicide some are now calling for locks on the entrance doors to buildings, saying it was too easy for Hessed's alleged killers to get in.

"I wish they would put some locks on these doors -- do something," said resident Jimmy Mack.

"That would be a smart idea, yeah," said Grindley.

Grindley said she had never considered locks necessary before.

"No, because I never felt unsafe here, actually," she said.