Pennsylvania Trio Allegedly Strangled Overdosing Man, Dressed Up His Body and Drove Around with it
Police say the Pennsylvania trio drove past a hospital instead of seeking help for Joshua Rose
Three people have been arrested for allegedly strangling a Pennsylvania man to death as he suffered a possible drug overdose last Thursday, PEOPLE confirms.
Authorities allege the suspects then dressed up the victim and drove around with his corpse as they stopped for gas.
Tyler Mirabelli, 22, and Preston Layfield, 19, are charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy and a woman has also been taken into custody in connection with the death of 21-year-old Joshua Rose, PEOPLE confirms.
Reports identify the woman as 20-year-old Amanda Wayda, the Associated Press reports.
Police say Rose was suffering a possible overdose at a home in Scranton on Aug. 25 when the trio drove him down Interstate 81, strangled him and dumped his body over an embankment.
“Bottom line, they drove right past a hospital and continued north on I-81. At this time, we are not sure why they did that,” Cpl. Mark Prushinski said, according to the AP.
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Preston and Wayda allegedly called Mirabelli for a ride to the hospital when they believed he was overdosing on drugs, according to CBS 4.
Instead, Mirabelli allegedly took the group for a ride and the suspects placed a plastic bag over Rose’s head before strangling him with a pair of jumper cables, the AP reports.
Before dumping the body, authorities said, the trio allegedly stopped for gas, putting sunglasses and a hat on the victim so he would not be recognized, according to the AP.
It is unclear whether Preston, Mirabelli and Wayda have entered pleas or if they have attorneys.