HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Saturday, August 5th, just minutes after 6 o'clock in the morning, Hazleton Police responded to 336 East Chapel Street on a report of shot fired and a victim on scene with a large amount of boood.
Upon arrival, a black Acura was observed leaving the scene with a temporary license plate out of Texas.
Hazleton Patrol units conducted a motor vehicle stop and identified the operator who was found to be not involved, but leaving due to the disturbance.
Officers observed a 30 year old male victim who was bleeding profusely and appeared to have lost a substantial amount of blood due from being hit in the head with a glass bottle.
The victim became highly agitated and aggressive with the officers and had to be physically restrained by Sergeant J. Babula.
The victim continued to be combative and had to be restrained in the ambulance while being taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment.
While inside of the hospital he continued to be uncooperative and had to be restrained.
3rd and 1st Shift Patrol Officers continued the investigation and followed a blood trail to the rear doors of 337 E. Elm Street where Chief Jerry Speziale heard shouting inside and entered the location with the officers finding a number of individuals inside the location cleaning blood up from the kitchen floor.
Preliminary investigation revealed there was an after-hours party held at the location.
Officers made contact with the occupants whom informed the officers that two males were in an argument and an unknown male struck the victim in the head with a bottle.
His injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
It was determined that there were no gunshots fired or involved in the incident and later determined the victim, was a fugitive from justice, with charges stemming from the Hazleton Police Department, with full extradition for False Imprisonment, Robbery, Simple Assault and Theft.
The fugitive, Daniel Seven Smith, 30 YOA of West Hazleton, was transferred to a local trauma center for treatment and will be detained by local police who were notified by the Hazleton Police Department and provided a copy of the warrant.
Upon release, Smith will be returned to Hazleton to face arraignment on the charges.
Statements by Chief of Police, Jerry Speziale:
"The Hazleton Police Department, through its “Operation Pressure Point” has been focusing on after hour’s locations and will continue to identify them and shut them down.” “Those who host them run the risk of losing the most”