Deadly Poconos shooting was over a bottle of Hennessy, police say


A deadly shooting in Monroe County stemmed from the robbery of a bottle of Hennessy, police say.

Three people have been charged with homicide and a fourth with robbery in the shooting death of Daniel Santana in Coolbaugh Township Sunday night.

The group robbed Santana and two others of a bottle of Hennessy cognac earlier in the night, then opened fire on their vehicle when the victims tried tracking them down, investigators said.

Officers were called to Winter and Pembrook drives in A Pocono Country Place around 10:45 p.m. There they found a car in a ditch and Santana dead in the driver's seat. The vehicle had been shot at multiple times and Santana, 20, was hit in the head and torso, police said.

Police tracked down two other men who were in the car when shots rang out, but fled when the vehicle crashed.

Jonathan Nazario and Angel Rodriguez told investigators they believed the shooting stemmed from an armed robbery at the development's clubhouse earlier that night.

The three victims were at the E Clubhouse when a group of men surrounded them, flashed handguns and stole a bottle of Hennessy from them, police said.

The three then tracked down their alleged robbers at an address on Winter Drive, and as they were driving by the house, gunfire erupted, police said.

Santana was shot and slumped over the steering wheel and the other two men in the car fled as the shooting continued.

Officers identified four suspects and found them Tuesday at a nearby home on Greenbriar Place. A search of the property yielded two handguns in a black garbage bag hidden under a tarp. One of the guns had been reported stolen in Virginia in 2017.

Dahvaun Ewin, 20; Shyheem Mitchell, 23; and Nasiem Mayo, 18, are facing homicide, robbery and related charges. They were denied bail and are in Monroe County Prison.

Malik Pruitt, 18, is charged only with robbery and related offenses. He's behind bars unable to post $50,000 bail.

A fifth person is facing charges in connection with the investigation.

A family acquaintance of one of the suspects showed up at Pocono Mountain Regional Police headquarters and assaulted the suspect's father. The acquaintance, Inet Torres-Hadnott, was drunk and had driven to the police station with her 2-year-old daughter in the car, police said.

Hadnott, 39, also assaulted an officer at the station. She was charged with aggravated assault, DUI, endangering the welfare of a child and other offenses.