DA Shaw: Charges Filed in Madera Homicide

Jonathan Blair Maines (Provided photo)

MADERA – Jonathan Blair Maines, 20, of Madera has been accused in a deadly stabbing that occurred March 20 in Bigler Township, announced District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. today.

On Monday Trooper Scott Sankey, of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks, charged Maines with: criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on March 20 state police received a report about an injured male at a Main Street apartment in Madera.

Upon arrival, troopers learned the victim Joshua Allen Sahm, had suffered a stab wound and died while being transported by ambulance to the Altoona Hospital.

An autopsy determined that Sahm had suffered two fatal stab wounds.

Through interviews, troopers learned that Maines and Sahm were in a bedroom from which witnesses could hear “scuffling and screams.”

Sahm walked out and witnesses observed that he was bleeding profusely from being stabbed.  Maines then left the bedroom and went downstairs; a witness called 911.

According to Shaw, within an hour of the call, state police mobilized a major case team and over 20 troopers were engaged as part of the investigation.  Shaw added that state police identified Maines as the homicide suspect and worked diligently to locate him.

Maines was taken into custody without incident around 1:30 a.m. March 21 at a residence near Shawville. He has been arraigned on the charges by Magisterial District Judge James Glass.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 4 at the Clearfield County Jail.  Maines remains incarcerated at the jail without bail.

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