Police arrest two for Mygatt St. homicide

By Chelsea Bishop
By Matt Porter

November 4, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 12:49 AM EDT

Binghamton, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Two people have been arrested and charged with killing a man on Mygatt Street Monday morning.

Police said late Monday they charged Julian R. Talamantez IV, 21, and Nigel Saunders, 25, both of Binghamton, with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.

Both are being held in the Binghamton police lockup overnight, and are expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Binghamton City Court.

Binghamton police Monday morning found a man dead inside a home at 32 Mygatt St and his girlfriend critically injured.

Police responded at 6:01 a.m. to a report of a dispute at the home. The female victim told police her boyfriend had been murdered, according to Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.

Police then noticed a fire in the home, which quickly engulfed the second floor. After Binghamton firefighters extinguished the fire, the body of a man was found inside.

The female victim was transported to Wilson Hospital. Police have not released their names.

Investigators said Talamantez and Saunders committed the crime and then made off with the victim's pickup truck. The truck has since been recovered.

Neighbors say a woman had lived at the home with her son until she died a few months ago. According to Broome County Real Property, the homeowner is listed as Beth Griswold.

Since then, the son has been living there with his girlfriend according to neighbors at the scene.

Tony Biconish has been living down the block for more than 50 years, he said the neighborhood has been sliding in the past decade.

"It's kind of a shocking thing because this was always a quiet neighborhood," Biconish said.

Mygatt was blocked off between Dickinson to Lydia.

Paul Nejeschleba stopped at the police tape to take a look and said the recent uptick in violence is scary.

"Never had anything going down our street," Nejeschleba said. "And then all of a sudden, boom, it's scaring everybody, whoever is starting it up."

Nicole Cook lives one street down and could see the incident from her window.

"I saw it on Facebook and then I looked out my back window and I can see the house," Cook said, "And I saw the guy died, I was in shock."

Anyone who may have information is asked to call the Binghamton Police Detectives at 772-7080.