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Pa. man arrested in Washington Borough homicide

WASHINGTON BOROUGH, NJ (Warren County) – A Pennsylvania man has been arrested and charged with a November homicide in Washington Borough, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

On November 30, Washington Township police responded to 122 Wayne Street in Washington Borough for report of a vicious assault.

(122 Wayne St in Washington Borough. For WRNJ)

Upon officers arrival, Elaine Trachin, 84, was found unconscious, and William “Bart” Trachin, 53, was found taped to his wheelchair, with a garbage bag over his head, and critically injured. The cause of the injuries to both appeared to be blunt force trauma, authorities said.

Elaine Trachin was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene, while William Trachin was flown to a local trauma center where he remains in critical condition, authorities said.

Then on December 1, a review of William’s phone records revealed numerous contacts with Kyle Kaspereen, 24, of Easton but who had previously resided in Washington regarding the purported sale of a motorcycle owned by Mr. Trachin, prosecutor’s office said.

While Kaspereen was being interviewed, he was discovered to be deleting text messages and calls from his cellular phone. When confronted, he acknowledged the deletions and explained that what was on his phone contradicted his statement to law enforcement. At that time, Kaspereen was charged with the destruction of that evidence and lodged in the Warren County Jail, prosecutor’s office said.

Additional investigation recovered the deleted content from Kaspereen’s phone, which did in fact contradict his statement to law enforcement regarding his whereabouts, who he had contacted, and the timing of both. His cell phone was also found to be pinging from at or near the scene of the attack at the suspected time of the attack, authorities said.

A further research discovered that Mr. Trachin’s phone and Ms. Trachin’s wallet were both missing from the scene, authorities said.

An analysis of Kaspereen’s phone revealed numerous internet searches that included information on police investigation tactics – specifically with respect to murder -whether there had been any murders in Washington, N.J., and how to use a credit or debit card absent the pin number. These searches were performed after the discovery of Mr. and Ms. Trachin, but before any public announcement about those findings had been released, authorities said.

Video surveillance from hours after the attack appears to show Kaspereen dropping a cellphone into the Delaware River while walking across the Free Bridge from Phillipsburg into Easton where he resides. A search of the Delaware River by the New Jersey State Police discovered Mr. Trachin’s phone in the river near where that surveillance identified Kaspereen dropping it from the bridge, prosecutor’s office said.

A search of Kaspereen’s apartment revealed a trash bag consistent with that found over Mr. Trachin’s head that was unused and discarded. The search also discovered an empty box from a BB pistol that Kaspereen was found to have purchased in the last two weeks, prosecutor’s office said.

Kaspereen was charged on December 9 with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary, and fourth-degree tampering with evidence. He remains in Warren County Jail pending a detention hearing.

This investigation was conducted by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office and the Washington Township Police Department with the assistance of the Pohatcong Township Police Department, Greenwich Township Police Department, Phillipsburg Police Department, New Jersey State Police, FBI, Secret Service, Easton Police Department and the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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