Man arrested in Hazleton shooting

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
Alvarez-Marquez - Submitted photo

HAZLETON — A man was arrested after it was discovered that he allegedly shot a 19-year old in the stomach, sending her to the hospital early Sunday morning.

Roberto Alvarez-Marquez, 31, faces multiple charges, city police.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers responded to report of a fight and a 19-year-old female with a gunshot at an area hospital.

When officers arrived on the scene, they observed a man, later identified as Alvarez-Marquez, causing a disturbance and fighting with hospital security.

Police detained him and and took him into custody.

After an investigation by the Crime Detectives Unit, they determined that Alvarez-Marquez allegedly shot the victim in the abdomen with a handgun, that caused her serious bodily harm the complaint mentions.

Hazleton City Chief of Police Jerry Speziale credited his officers’ response and arrest of Alvarez-Marquez.

“Officers being endowed with the skills to handle such cases led to the quick arrest and preservation of evidence in this case,” Speziale said.

Alvarez-Marquez was arraigned Sunday evening by District Judge Ferris Webby Sr. on charges of aggravated assault, persons not to possess a firearm, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

He was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $300,000.

Alvarez-Marquez Submitted photo

By Dan Stokes

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