A New Jersey man is facing attempted murder charges on allegations he helped kidnapped a man in Altoona then shot him in the head in East St. Clair Township this past October.
Kenneth W. Maddox, 32, of Sicklerville, New Jersey, was originally scheduled to appear in Bedford County central court today for a preliminary hearing on charges of attempted homicide, attempted first and second degree murder, illegally possessing a firearm, aggravated assault and kidnapping. His hearing has been continued until Feb. 5.
Maddox was charged on Nov. 18 and arraigned by District Judge Kathy Calhoun on Dec. 30. He is being lodged in the Bedford County Correctional Facility and was denied bail.
State police on Oct. 22 responded to a report of a wounded man at 6497 William Penn Road. Troopers found the man bound with zip ties and duct tape and suffering from multiple injuries including a gunshot wound to the forehead, according to court documents. The criminal complaint filed against Maddox does not say what time police responded to the scene.
The man, identified in court documents as Jacob Parris, was taken to UPMC Altoona, where police later interviewed him.
Parris told police he knew the two people who shot him by their “street names” of “B” and “Smoke.” Parris reported “B” was from New Jersey and he believed his name was “Ken,” but he was unable to provide a full name for either suspect, police said.
Parris was with the two suspects the day of the shooting. He told police he believed the pair drugged him in Altoona, documents said. He woke at the scene in Bedford County, where he was bound and assaulted before being shot by “B.”
The weapon used in the shooting was a handgun, described as a silver revolver, documents said.
Police said the victim communicated with one of the suspects using a texting app on his cell phone. Investigators were able to gather phone information for the person who was communicating with the victim, but the subscriber information of the phone was determined to be a false name of “Maxwell Amillion” and the address of a vacant lot.
On Nov. 6 police received security footage of the victim with “B” at a hotel the morning of Oct. 22. Still images of the suspect were sent to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center in an attempt to be used for facial recognition.
Investigators continued to monitor the activity of the suspect’s phone and were able to find a common address to a phone contacted often — 3 Fox Hollow Lane, Sicklerville, New Jersey, documents said. A search of the names associated with the address yielded the name Kenneth Maddox.
The Camden Police Department in Camden, New Jersey, on Nov. 12 provided Pennsylvania State Police with a photograph of Maddox, who appeared to be the same person as “B.”
A photo of Maddox was entered into a photo lineup that day. Parris was asked if he recognized anyone in the lineup and he identified Maddox as “B,” documents said.
Police said Maddox is a convicted felon and is not to possess firearms. He was convicted in New Jersey of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and illegally possessing a firearm in October 2012.
In addition to the felony charges filed in Bedford County, Maddox also was charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful restraint and recklessly endangering another person.
Maddox is being represented by attorney David S. Bahuriak Jr. of Philadelphia.