By Lucas D. Wood
HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Saturday, June 30th, Hazleton Police were dispatched to West Tamarack Street for a female assault victim bleeding for her mouth.
Upon arrival Officers met with the victim who was bleeding from her mouth, which was extremely swollen.
The Victim identified a Hispanic male that quickly ran into the residence on W. Tamarack Street when noticing Officer’s arrival.
Officer Hernandez arrived on scene and stayed with the victim while another officer attempted to make contact with the actor who fled the residence out the back door.
The officer searched for the individual in the backyard and quickly located him laying behind a neighbors fence on the ground.
The officer ordered the individual not to move, where he disregarded the police Officers commands and started running on foot towards W Holly Street.
A search of the area by Hazleton Officers found the individual hiding in the bushes on the 100 block of N. Laurel Street.
Once again, the individual refused to obey police commands.
The male was subsequently removed from the bushes and placed into custody by the officers.
The victim was transported by APTS up to Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton for her injuries.
The victim was treated as a trauma patient due to the severity of her injuries because she was knocked unconscious and suffered a fracture in her neck subsequently being flown to an area trauma center for further evaluation.
The male defendant was identified as Jose Cartagena Perez (05/11/1985).
He was arraigned by Judge Spagnuolo who set bail at $100,000 straight.
Chief of Police, Jerry Speziale issued a statement via a press release:
“The quick thinking and response removed this dangerous individual from our streets."