Criminal Justice News

Friday, August 29, 2014

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Shooting Suspect in Hanover Township

Hazleton Shooting Occurred in September 2013

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin Pane announced the arrest of Fernando Torres-Torres, a 28-year-old man, on charges of aggravated assault and other related offenses.

On August 27, deputy U.S. marshals and task force officers from Scranton arrested Torres-Torres without incident in the 1400 block of Mark Drive in Hanover Township.

Torres-Torres was charged in September 2013 for allegedly shooting Jose L. Romero-Rivera in the neck. Charged were dropped in October 2013 due to difficulty in locating the victim. On April 22, Torres-Torres was charged for a second time by the City of Hazleton Police Department with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

The USMS worked jointly in this investigation with personnel from the Scranton Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and the Hanover Township Police Department.

United States Marshal Pane stated, “Victims of crimes of violence deserve justice. The fugitive task force ensures those charged with violent crimes are afforded their day in court. This capture is a testament of the Task Force’s commitment to make our communities safer and more secure.”

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