York County, PA. (WDAM) - A Perry County man is behind bars after being charged with the murder of a Pennsylvania man. Lleland Wade, of Richton, allegedly killed 25-year-old Aaron Wollman on April 16 in southeastern York County.
Around 7: 00 a.m., the Pennsylvania State Police received a phone call about the Emergency Management Services responding to a man lying in the roadway on Bare Road near Furnace Road in the Lower Chanceford Township of the county. Upon arrival, they found Wollman dead with multiple gunshot wounds.
"They were prior acquaintances," said Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Investigator Supervisor, Lt. Brandon Daniels of Wollman and Wade. "They were known to each other. As far as the extent of that relationship or the background or how long that was, I don't know."
On April 17, authorities arrested Wade after tracking him to a hotel room at the Days Inn on Eastbrook Road in the East Lampeter Township of Lancaster County. The hotel was safely evacuated by East Lampeter Township Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police.
"I would like to assure members of this community that through the quick and relentless efforts of our troopers that they can rest easy knowing that this individual has been apprehended," said Daniels. "I also hope that the family of Mr. Wollman can receive some solace knowing they will receive justice while they grieve the loss of their loved one."
Guests were escorted to a nearby hotel for officials to establish a perimeter. The evacuation of the hotel took about three minutes, according to authorities. Wade was found alone in one of the rooms and taken into custody "peacefully."
"We simply had undercover units enter the room and take over positions at the front desk as if they were staff," said Daniels. "We obtained contact information for all the rooms and then we began phoning each of those rooms (and) requesting each of those occupants to exit the room."
A motive for the murder has not been released. However, Daniels did mention drugs were found at multiple locations during the initial investigation.
"We have potential evidence of motive that is currently being investigated," said York County District Attorney Dave Sunday. "That's something that will come to fruition as this case unfolds and at this point it would be inappropriate for me to comment specifically on that motive as again this is currently under investigation and will continue to be."
Daniels says the interviews and statements from at least 15 people were crucial in helping them identify Wade as a suspect. He added that with every interview they were able to "piece another piece of the puzzle" together.
"With any investigation, we began with an examination of the scene to determine what physical evidence we had to point us in the direction to begin the investigation with," he said. "From there, it was mainly the interviews that we were conducting with friends, associates, acquaintances (and) developing a timeline for the different names that we had come across to determine how different people's paths had crossed."
During the press conference, Daniels did not rule out the possibility of more arrests in the case.
"Even though Mr. Wade is in custody and has been charged, the investigation does continue today as we collect more evidence and continue to seek out anyone else who may have played a role in these events."
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Pennsylvania State Police York Station at (717) 428- 1011.