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York men charged in New York home-invasion murder

Two York County men are charged with second-degree murder in New York. Police said Michael J. McVicker, 46, and Curtis Cuttino, 40, killed Brian Argro, 32, in a home invasion in Apalachin, Tioga County, New York, on Thursday, May 9. Photo courtesy of New York State Police.

Two York County men are charged with the murder of a man last week in New York, according to authorities.

New York State Police said Curtis Cuttino, 40, and Michael J. McVicker, 46, are charged with second-degree murder in the home-invasion slaying of Brian Argro, 32, in Apalachin, Tioga County, on Thursday, May 9.

On Monday, May 13, investigators were still working to determine why the York County duo were roughly 200 miles away. 

“We’re still kind of looking into their connection to each other, their connection to the Binghamton area, their connection to the victim — so we still have lots of work to do," New York State Police Capt. Scott Hegglekee said Monday afternoon.

Homicide: New York State Police said Argro was found dead just before 6 a.m. Thursday in the 5 Dorothy Road home he was renting.

A 20-year-old woman, who was an acquaintance of Argro, told police that two men came to the home, banged on the door and were let in by Argro.

Soon after, a struggle happened and shots were fired, leading to Argro's death, according to the release.

“The source of the gun is still part of the investigation," Hegglekee said. 

Descriptions of the two men were provided to police, and Cuttino was located about half an hour later nearby. 

“He was spotted by a Tioga County deputy sheriff not far from the scene," Hegglekee said.

The captain said McVicker was found at a gas station nearby by a good Samaritan, who drove him to a bus station. 

McVicker was then arrested by authorities in Monticello, which is about two hours from the homicide scene, according to Hegglekee. 

On Monday, Hegglekee said investigators were trying to find whoever gave the two a ride to the area. 

“We know there was a couple of cars up there in the area where this incident occurred," he said. 

The two were sent to Tioga County Jail without bail.

Police said after processing the scene that it does not appear the incident was random. 

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at 607-561-7400.

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Michael McVicker. Photo courtesy of the West York Police Department.

Criminal history: McVicker was charged in burglaries in Spring Garden Township, West York and York City over a year ago.

York City Police also said McVicker led officer on a chase and went the wrong way on Interstate 83 in November 2017.

McVicker has seven York County criminal cases, most of which include theft or burglary, that have not yet been resolved, according to online court records.

Cuttino does not appear to have any criminal record in Pennsylvania.

McVicker's last known address in late 2017 was in the 1500 block of Second Avenue in Spring Garden Township.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.