HAZLETON — A man wanted on grand larceny charges in New York City was captured at a West Oak Street residence Monday.
Hector Gonzalez Talavera, 32, of Brooklyn, New York, was arrested without incident at 419 W. Oak St. just before 8:30 p.m.
An arrest warrant was issued for Gonzalez Talavera on Friday by the Supreme Court of New York in Queens County.
In a news release, Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale stated his force coordinated with the New York Police Department’s Organized Crime Control Bureau, Auto Crime Division, in locating Gonzalez Talavera.
Here are more details from the release:
Hazleton officers learned Gonzalez Talavera was possibly operating a black Acura MDX with a Pennsylvania license plate.
Authorities later located an unattended and parked Acura outside the West Oak Street house.
While officers were knocking at a door, a man’s voice was heard inside.
Officers were notified by Luzerne County 911 that an occupant of the house noticed officers had displayed weapons and was afraid since there were children inside.
Police were initially told Gonzalez Talavera was not at the address, but later were informed that he was indeed there.
“We will continue to work with the NYPD and remove one fugitive at a time as they are not welcome in Hazleton,” Speziale stated in the release. “The message is simple, stay out of our city or be arrested and returned to the jurisdiction where you committed the crime.”
Gonzalez Talavera was arraigned in Luzerne County Central Court on a fugitive charge and jailed at the county lockup Tuesday for lack of $75,000 bail.