By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Chief: Shooter arrested in Hazleton thanks to quick police work by multiple agencies

Chief: Shooter arrested in Hazleton thanks to quick police work by multiple agencies

Hazleton, PA

Chief of Police Jerry Speziale released a statement, tonight, February 3, 2019 following an alleged shooting early this morning in Hazleton. One man, 21 year old Juan Jesus Rosario, is currently in custody. The bond is unknown at this time.

On February 3, 2019, at approximately 0138 hours, in the area of Wyoming and Green Streets a witness notified Hazelton Police Department directly stating a male later identified as Juan Jesus Rosario pulled a gun on him in the area. HPD Officers notified County Communications of the incident and responded to the area. Upon arrival, numerous Hazleton Patrol Officers were informed that the later identified above male pulled a handgun on the victim. While Hazleton officers were responding the alleged, above actor fled the area East on Maple Street and fired two shots in the area.

Hazleton Officers canvassed the area and were flagged down by a second and third victim who informed them that while the victim and passenger were driving in their vehicle and working, they came in contact with a male in the area of Pine and Maple Streets who appeared to need help.

Unknown to the victims this was the alleged actor from the above incident. The victim asked the actor if he was alright and the above actor stated “you in the wrong place homey.”

The above actor then put a magazine into a firearm racked the slide and fired a round into the rear quarter panel of the victim’s vehicle. The victim immediately drove away and the actor fired another shot at victim, but missed the vehicle and victim. The above actor then fled East on Maple Street and was not apprehended.

Ballistic evidence was recovered from the vehicle and the vehicle was photographed. Officer in Charge M. Colosurdo contacted Chief J. Speziale and Detective Sergeant D. Rodick whom responded to headquarters in furtherance of the investigation.

Based on the investigation, an extensive manhunt was put into place and coordinated with the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, Sugar Loaf Police Department and members of the Hazleton Police Department. At approximately, 1300 hours, members of the Sugar Loaf Police and Hazleton Police Department set up surveillance on a known location believed to be occupied by Juan Jesus Rosario on Route 93 in Cunningham, PA. 
(Seybertsville Area)

At approximately, 2105 hours, Sugar Loaf Police Department, Officers Robert Zientek and Thomas Kurtz observed Rosario exiting the location and entering a Red Jeep Cherokee, which began travelling on Route 93 away from the location. Sugar Loaf Police Department conducted a felony traffic stop and took Rosario into custody without incident. The investigation is continuing at this time.

Detective Sergeant David Rodick filed charges, which were approved by the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued by the Honorable Judge Joseph Zola for the arrest of Juan Jesus Rosario on the following charges.

Aggravated Assault (2)-Counts – Felony 1
Recklessly Endangering Another ((3) – Counts – Misdemeanor 2
Propel Missile into an Occupied Vehicle (1) Count – Felony 1

Juan Jesus Rosario will be processed at Hazleton Headquarters, transported to LCCF for overnight arraignment.

“The cross coordination and lack of territorial touchiness enabled the successful apprehension of a dangerous individual” “The Hazleton Police Department is grateful for the assistance and relationship with the Sugarloaf Police Department.”


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