HAZLETON – U.S. marshals on Monday arrested a suspect in a Boston slashing incident in Hazleton.
U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Luis Arias, 25, accused in a domestic attack that occurred in early May.
On June 21, the Boston Police Department obtained an arrest warrant in the Roxbury District Court, charging Arias with assault to murder, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and mayhem.
Arias allegedly slashed and stabbed the victim, causing her to have to receive more than 190 stitches and staples to her body.
On July 16, the U.S. Marshals Service in Boston began assisting in the manhunt. Information was developed that the fugitive is a native of the Dominican Republic, and that he uses multiple aliases, including Christian Sosa-Diaz.
It was determined he may have fled to the Hazleton area. Investigative leads were forwarded to Marshals Service personnel based in Scranton.
On Monday, Deputy U.S. marshals and members of the service's Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Arias hiding in the basement of an apartment in the 400 block of West Spruce Street in Hazleton.
When taken into custody, Arias was non-compliant and provided a false name, Pane said.
Arias was turned over to the Pennsylvania State Police for processing. He will be charged as a fugitive-from-justice and await court proceedings before District Judge Jamie Dixon in Hazle Township concerning his extradition to Massachusetts.
"The Marshals Service and its fugitive task forces are committed to making our communities safer by ridding our streets of such violent fugitives. It is my sincere hope that the victim may rest a little easier with the alleged perpetrator off the street," Pane said.
U.S. marshals were assisted by several agencies that comprise its Fugitive Task Force, including the Lackawanna County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pennsylvania State Police and the Hazleton Police Department.
HAZLE TWP. – William Dura Jr., 81, of Hazleton reported two tires on his 1979 Chevrolet 3500 box truck were punctured between 7 p.m. Saturday and 4:15 p.m. Sunday while it was parked on Lehigh Valley Drive.
Anyone with information about the damage is asked to contact state police Hazleton at 570 459-3890.
HAZLE TWP. – State police on Sunday filed citations against Barry Markle, 40, of Hazle Township charging him with harassment after he allegedly punched Joseph Paterick, 25, twice in the face.
Markle approached Paterick outside Paterick's residence on West Green Street shortly after 8 p.m. and punched him, state police said.
Paterick's mother, Lenore, 47, tried to get Markle away from her son and was pushed by Markle, state police said.
Markle left before state police arrived.
SUGAR NOTCH – Gail Brennan, 32, of rear 900 Main St., Sugar Notch, was arrested at her home at about 5 p.m. Monday and charged with the sale and manufacture of marijuana at her home after a joint undercover investigation conducted by state police Troop P Vice/Narcotics Unit and Sugar Notch police, state police said.
Police seized about 41 grams of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia during the investigation, police said.