By Lucas D. Wood
HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Saturday, June 16th, at around 10 o'clock in the morning, Hazleton Police were dispatched to the 100 block of South lee Court for a female reporting that a man pulled a handgun on her and hut her in the face.
While en route to the location, Luzerne county Communications advised that the actor, who was identified as Edwin Gonzalez Jr. had fled the residence in a Black Jeep with a distinctive red sticker on the back window.
Hazleton Police immediately put out a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) to all neighbouring jurisdictions of the situation and advised of the vehicle make and model.
A search of the area was conducted for Gonzalez, Hazleton Officers made contact with the female victim who stated that after an argument with Gonzalez, who punched the victim in the face.
After the altercation the victim left the residence to avoid any further confrontation with Gonzalez when he exited his vehicle grabbing the victim by the throat with such force where she was unable to breathe.
Gonzalez then began to drag the victim into the Jeep and once inside the Jeep the Gonzalez pulled out a pistol again and threatened to shoot the victim.
Once back at the residence, both parties began to argue again, and Gonzalez again punched the victim in the face and pulled the handgun out and threatened to shoot the victims son.
While Officers where on scene the victim was able to track her phone which Gonzalez took.
Based on joint law enforcement coordination, PFC Feissner and Ptlm. Kulsa of Butler Township along with Freeland PD identified the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle being operated by Gonzalez in the area of SR. 309 and Edge Rick Road, where Gonzalez was taken into custody.
Custody was transferred to Ptlm. Nicholas Davi of Hazleton Police and Gonzalez was taken to Hazleton Police Headquarters where he was charged by Hazleton Officer James Shaw on Aggravated Assault Charges pending arraignment.
Chief of Police, Jerry Speziale, issued the following statement via a press release:
"The coordination and quick response by law enforcement in the area removed this dangerous individual from our community."