By Lucas D. Wood
HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Wednesday, May 23rd, at around 6:45 in the evening, Hazleton Police responded to the area of 2nd Street and Grant Streets on a report of shots fired.
Upon their arrival, they determined that DEIVY TORIBIO had an onging dispute with one of two males at that location.
During a verbal confrontation, TORIBIO produced a handgun that he had concealed in his waistband and aimed and fired one shot at the victim.
The projectile missed the intended victim.
TORIBIO then fired at least four other projectiles into the victim's unoccupied vehicle.
Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Muckler approved the charges.
Recently, Hazleton Police Department has begun a strategy utilized nationally, known as "CEASEFIRE" with regard to gun violence and non fatal shootings.
The department through a recent LSA Grant has hired a specialist, Dr. Richard Reyes from Science and Technology a Police Consulting firm who will begin training the Hazleton Police Department members this month on more 21st Century patrol strategies and Investigative strategies such as Ceasefire University.
Cease Fire is a strategy where all shootings are handled as homicides to ensure swift and decisive action to reduce gun violence with a focus on group violence.
The department is also writing another grant to continue with the Group Violence Intervention Strategy on a larger scale with the company to ensure our message is clear to the criminal element.
"The first shot that goes off, if your group is identified as being associated with the incident, we will vigorously pursue the entire group for any criminal activity."
In deploying this strategy, after last nights shooting, Chief Jerry Speziale responded to Police Headquarters and met with the members of the 2nd and 3rd Patrol Shift and Detective Sergeant David Rodick and kicked the Cease Fire Strategy into action by devising a plan to immediately pursue the individual responsible for the alleged shooting.
Investigation immediately commenced and at approximately 11PM, numerous units responded to the 500 Block of West Maple and while attempting to effect an arrest on TORIBIO, a male in the apartment where TORIBIO lived dropped a backpack from a second story window onto the concrete sidewalk below.
Hazleton City Police Chief Speziale retrieved the backpack as the building search was unfolding, which contained two handguns.
A search warrant will be obtained through Detective Sergeant Rodick to enter the backpack and search through it's entire contents.
Based on investigation and information, upon securing the scene at the above location, Hazleton Police, West Hazleton and PASP Hazleton responded to an apartment in the 800 block of West Diamond Avenue where TORIBIO was subsequently arrested and taken into custody at approximately 12AM, without incident.
DEIVY TORIBIO, 16, is charged with the following:
Assisting HPD Officers was West Hazleton Boro and Troopers from The Hazleton Troope N Barracks.
Any witnesses to this crime are encouraged to call Hazleton Detective Sgt. David M. Rodick at 570-459-4954.
Statement by Chief of Police, Jerry Speziale:
"We will utilise every available option and strategy in making a safer Hazleton."