Johnathan Blair Maines

MADERA – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that homicide charges have been filed for the March 20th stabbing that occurred in Bigler Township.

Shaw identified the defendant as Johnathan Blair Maines, age 20, of Main Street, Madera, Pennsylvania.

On March 26, 2018, Trooper Scott Sankey, of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Maines with: 1) Criminal Homicide, 2) Aggravated Assault, 3) Simple Assault, and 4) Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

An affidavit of probable cause filed by Sankey states that on March 20, 2018, the State Police responded to an apartment on Main Street, in Madera, Clearfield County.  Ambulance services were present upon police arrival.  State Troopers learned that the victim, Joshua Allen Sahm, had suffered a stab wound and died while being transported by the ambulance service to the Altoona hospital.  An autopsy established that Sahm had suffered two fatal stab wounds.

Upon investigation, State Police learned through interviews that two witnesses were present during the stabbing.  The witnesses told State Troopers that Maines and Sahm were in a bedroom when the witnesses heard scuffling and screams.  Sahm walked out of the bedroom and witnesses could see that he was bleeding profusely and stuck with a knife.  Maines then left the bedroom and went downstairs. One of the witnesses used Sahm’s phone to call 911.

Shaw thanked Trooper Sankey and the State Police for their efforts in resolving this case in a timely manner.  Shaw noted that within an hour of receiving the call, the State Police mobilized a major case team and over twenty State Police Troopers were working on the investigation.  Shaw reported that State Police identified Maines as being responsible for the homicide and worked diligently to locate him.  Shaw said Maines was taken into custody without incident around 1:30 am on March 21st at a residence near Shawville, Clearfield County.

Shaw noted that Maines has been arraigned on the charges by Magisterial District Judge James Glass.  A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 am on April 4, 2018, at the Clearfield County Jail.  Maines remains incarcerated without bail.

Anyone with knowledge or information about a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700.

All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney web site at “www.ClearfieldDA.org” and selecting “Report A Crime”.



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