Sunday, December 28, 2014

Stepbrother of N.Y. murder suspect arrested

Relative of Warminster man who jumped in front of SEPTA train charged with second-degree murder.

Stepbrother of N.Y. murder suspect arrested

The stepbrother of the Bucks County murder suspect who jumped in front of a SEPTA train Monday has been charged with the murder, police said Tuesday.

Nathan Hand, 25, of Corning, N.Y., was charged with second-degree murder for his role in the murder of Daniel Bennett, said officers in the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police.

Hand is the stepbrother of Thomas W. Borden, 33, of Worthington Drive in Warminster, who was wanted in connection with Bennett’s murder in Dix, N.Y., on Friday. Borden led police on a chase through Montgomery County that ended near the Jenkintown train station. 

Borden was running from police when he “purposely” jumped in front of a northbound train on the West Trenton Regional Rail Line about 10 a. m., Abington Township police said. He was pronounced dead at Abington Memorial Hospital shortly after being hit.

The police chase prompted the lockdown of the Jenkintown School District for an hour. After Borden was hit, there was a brief suspension of rail service, followed by half-hour delays.

Borden's stepbrother was arraigned in the Town of Dix Court, and remanded to the Schuyler County Jail without bail, police said. If Borden had been caught, he also would have faced a second-degree murder charge, Trooper Mark O’Donnell said.

Bennett, 31, was shot in his home, police said. Borden and Hand were acquaintances of Bennett or other suspects who are under investigation, O’Donnell said. He declined to provide a motive or other details of the shooting because the investigation is continuing.

About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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