CHESTNUTHILL TWP., Pa. - Police have arrested a 20-year-old Whitehall Township man in a deadly shooting in the Poconos on Dec. 4 that left two men dead.
Zaire Burkett is charged with homicide, robbery, and other charges, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release. Two people died and one person was critically injured in the triple shooting at a home on Silver Maple Road in Chestnuthill Township.
U.S. Marshals arrested Burkett without incident at a home in the 700 block of South Eighth Street in Allentown. He was turned over to the Pennsylvania State Police for arraignment.
Dylan Beinert, 22, died at the scene, and Khalil Durante, 23, died three days after the shooting.
Durante's father, Walter Howard Durante, was critically injured. His condition is currently unknown.
Investigators said Beinert had a drug deal in place with Deani Powell, who has been charged in the shooting, but it went awry.
Matthew Joseph Burke, 21, of East Stroudsburg, is charged with homicide, attempted homicide and multiple counts of robbery. Eric Gulley, 41, of Allentown, was also charged. He is facing charges for illegal possession of a firearm and evidence tampering.
Authorities were able to track down Burkett based on information they got from interviews with Powell and Burke. Contact information from their phones had a phone number assigned to someone named "Flex." A public records search of the number linked it to Burkett, according to court records.
Police showed photos of Burkett to Powell and Burke, who positively identified him, court records said.
Text messages from Burke to "Flex" on Dec. 3 showed that Burke had sent a video of Beinert's Snapchat to "Flex," court records said. The Snapchat featured numerous bags of what is suspected to be marijuana and a pistol, according to court records.
"Flex" sent a current location pin to Burke early in the morning on Dec. 4 placing him in the areas of 16th Street and Chew streets. That is the same area Burke and Powell said they picked "Flex" up after the robbery, court records said.
The text messages reveal that Burkett, Burke and another man by the name of "Pop" went to a gas station after the robbery, court records said. Authorities obtained video footage from the gas station of two suspect vehicles stopping for gas, according to court records.