Men arrested for beating resident to death in Gouldsboro
Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, announced today the arrest of Coneil E. Moore, age 30, of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania for Attempted Homicide, Burglary, Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault for an incident that occurred on December 8, 2017 in Gouldsboro, Lehigh Township, Wayne County.
The Lehigh Township Police Department responded to a 911 call to 25 Evergreen Drive in Gouldsboro at approximately 7:40 pm. Upon their arrival they found a male, identified as Joseph Stengline, Jr., standing in the doorway to the home bleeding from a head injury. Upon clearing the residence, the officers found Joseph Stengline, Sr. lying on his right side in the home bleeding from his head and face. The home appeared in total disarray with items smashed through out the residence. There was also broken glass from a mirror found in the second floor bedroom. There were two other individuals outside the residence.
The injured males were transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Scranton where Joseph Stengline Jr. was treated and released for multiple lacerations to the top of his head, a broken left shoulder. Joseph Stengline, Sr. was admitted for a brain herniation and numerous broken ribs. He underwent emergency surgery, was placed in intensive care and ultimately died as a result of his assault on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
Interviews were conducted of the two males outside and with Joseph Stengline Jr. and it was determined that four black males with bandanas covering their faces entered the residence and one struck Stengline, Jr. multiple times in the head with the butt of his handgun. He shoved him, struck him and caused his left shoulder to break. Stengline, Jr. recognized one of the four men to be Coneil Moore who goes by the street name of “Murda”. He also recognized the voice of another man he knew to be that of a man who goes by the street name “Slicc”. A silver four door Infinity vehicle was noted on the scene as the car used by the four assailants. The witnesses knew that to be the vehicle that Moore drove. During the incident, Stengline, Sr. was also kicked multiple times in the head and get stomped on by Moore.
Moore was taken into custody on December 11, 2017 and identified another actor involved with a street name of “Smoove”. Further investigation revealed that to be Darian Jemal Daniels. Through more investigation it was learned that Daniels was observed on Walmart store surveillance in Monroe County purchasing gloves and red bandanas on December 8, 2017, less than two hours before this incident occurred. It was found through interviews and evidence presented that this incident was the result of drug dealing and interactions over drugs, namely marijuana and crack cocaine.
Since Moore’s arrest on December 11, 2017 came prior to the death of the victim, Joseph Stengline, Sr. he was charged with the Attempted Homicide but his charges will be modified at Central Court which is scheduled for him on December 20, 2017 at 9:00 am at the Wayne County Courthouse. He was arraigned by Magistrate Bonnie Carney who set bail at $750,000.00. He is currently incarcerated at the Wayne County Correctional Facility. Darian Jemal Daniels was charged with Homicide, amongst other charges, and was arraigned by Magistrate Linus Myers who set bail also at $750,000.00 and is also incarcerated currently at the Wayne County Correctional Facility. He is scheduled as well for Central Court on December 20, 2017 at 9:00 am at the Wayne County Courthouse.
District Attorney Edwards commented, “The intensive and immediate work done by the Wayne County District Attorney’s Detectives, the Lehigh Township Police Department, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police FSU Unit led to the very swift arrest of a very dangerous person. This incident presents a prime example of why drug activity is extremely perilous. This is not the first home invasion over drug dealing we have faced here. I am proud of the work done by the detective and the police in this matter as they worked tirelessly to find the assailants.”