Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Police chief Joseph Zikuski called Monday's murder on Mygatt Street one of the most horrific he's ever seen in 34 years.
"You're talking about people that were viciously and savagely beaten with a blunt object, and once that was done they were stabbed repeatedly many many times, and after that there was an attempt to set them ablaze," Zikuski said in a press conference.
"It doesn't get more horrendous than that."
Monday around 6 a.m., police said Nigel Saunders, 25, and Julian R. Talamantez, 21, torched the home of Jordan P. Dordell, 23, after torturing him and his girlfriend.
Both victims were tied down before the suspects fled using Dordell's own pick up truck, a black 2001 Dodge Ram.
Zikuski said there was no question about the intent of the attackers.
"We knew when they left there would be nobody left," he said."
The victim's girlfriend was able to break herself free and bust through a window to escape the burning house.
She crossed the street screaming for neighbors to call police.
Police responded and the woman, who is 6 months pregnant, was taken to Wilson in critical condition.
Police are not releasing her name out of concern for her well being.
Zikuski said the hospital expects both the expectant mother and baby to survive.
The police recovered the stolen truck on Endicott Avenue in Johnson City.
They arrested the two suspects nearby in the west side of Binghamton Monday.
Police had no permanent address for either suspect. They said there was a relationship between the victim and at least one suspect but declined to go into more detail on the motive.
Zikuski said he had just one word for the two suspects.
"They're animals," Zikuski said. "How can a human being do this to another human being?"
The two were arraigned Tuesday morning in Binghamton City Court on charges of first degree murder and attempted murder.
The two plead not guilty and were sent to the Broome County Jail without bail.
A candelight vigil will be held on November 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. outside the home on Mygatt Street.