Hazleton police search for man linked to May shooting

Staff report

HAZLETON — Police are actively searching for a man that they believe was involved in a shooting that took place back in May.

Kevin Polanco-Perez, 21, of Hazleton is wanted by authorities for the nonfatal shooting of a male at the Altmiller Playground back on May 24.

Police believe that this shooting is one that led to retaliatory shootings in response, including one from July on Laurel Street. Christopher Paniagua was arrested earlier this month in connection to that shooting.

Polanco-Perez is considered armed and dangerous and faces charges on two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of simple assault and a count of recklessly endangering another person.

“It’s in the best interest of Mr. Polanco-Perez to turn himself in immediately, as we will work with our federal, state and county law enforcement partners nationally to capture him and insure he faces justice,” said police Chief Jerry Speziale in a news release Saturday.

Anyone with information leading to Polanco-Perez’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Hazleton Police Department at 570-501-7218.

— Staff report


Staff report