09 May 2019

Major Brian Shortall
Troop C Commander


Two people have been charged with the Class A Felony of Murder in the second degree after a deadly home invasion in Apalachin Thursday morning.  Curtis Cuttino, age 40 of York, PA and Michael J. McVicker, age 46 of York, PA were both arrested. 

Troopers were dispatched by Tioga County 911 to a residence at 5 Dorothy Road at approximately 5:55 a.m., Thursday for a shooting.  When troopers arrived, they found Brian A. Argro, age 32 deceased inside the front of the residence.  Argro was renting the home.  A 20-year-old female acquaintance was not harmed.  The female was able to describe to troopers that two men came to the house, banged on the door, were let in by the victim and a struggle ensued.  Shots were fired inside the home, which ultimately led to the death of Argro and the suspects fled on foot.  The female was able to give New York State Police a description of the men, which was put out to troopers in the area, Tioga County Sheriff’s Deputies and other law enforcement in the area. 

At approximately 6:25 a.m., Thursday Tioga County Sheriff’s Deputies located Curtis Cuttino on State Route 434, detained him and turned him over to New York State Police.  A short time later, New York State Police Investigators received a call from the Vestal Police Department who had information about a possible location of the second subject, who matched the description provided by the female.  An investigation led to the bus station in Binghamton where Investigators learned that the second suspect boarded a bus to Monticello, NY.  At approximately 10:25 a.m., Thursday State Police in Troop F and the Monticello Police Department arrested Michael J. McVicker and brought back to Binghamton.

The Troop C Forensic Identification Unit processed the scene at 5 Dorothy Road.  The Tioga County District Attorney, Kirk Martin was on scene throughout the day and after consultation, both suspects were charged with Murder in the second degree.  Both suspects were later remanded to the Tioga County Jail on no bail.

The body of Argro was released by the Tioga County Coroner and was transported to Lourdes Hospital for an autopsy that took place on Friday morning.

State Police are confident this was not a random act of violence based on the evidence that has been collected.  There does not appear to be any threat to the public.
Investigators are still looking at the motive and are looking into how Cuttino and McVicker arrived in Apalachin.  If anyone has any information, contact New York State Police at (607)561-7400.

New York State Police will have a press conference at 3pm today at SP Binghamton (town of Kirkwood) for any members of the media.  Further details about Thursday’s home invasion/homicide in Apalachin will be released. 

*Original release*
New York State Police are interviewing two people relative to an investigation of a home invasion in Apalachin, one person is dead.  No one has been charged at this time. 

Troopers were dispatched to 5 Dorothy Road at approximately 5:55 a.m., Thursday.  When troopers arrived, a female told troopers that two males entered the home and ultimately shot the male residing at the home.  That male is now deceased.  The female was not injured. 

This does not appear to be a random act of violence.  State Police are confident that there is no threat to the public.  This is an on-going investigation and more information will be released as it is developed.   

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