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HAZLETON, Pa. -- Hazleton Police are searching for three individuals involved in a shooting incident that happened on Thursday, April 27th, while officers were patrolling the high school area and were flagged down.
The information indicates that a victim’s vehicle was struck by a bullet, which has a large caliber bullet hole in the vehicle.
The victim was shot at in the area of Lincoln Street and 12th Street in the City.
The three individuals have been identified as Cesar Joel Polanco, Alajan Gross, and Scarly Hiciano-Rivera.
Warrants have been issued on 04-27-2017 by the Honorable Judge Joseph Zola for the (3) individuals who are considered armed and dangerous.
BOLO’s have been placed for the individuals throughout the entire law enforcement community.
The individuals are possibly operating a white FORD Explorer or a black BMW sedan.
Alajan De La Cruz - Gross, Hazleton PA
Scarly Hiciano-Rivera, Hazleton, PA
Cesar Joel Brito Polanco, Hazleton, PA
Today, minutes before 1 o'clock in the afternoon, Cesar Brito turned himself into Hazleton Police and is in custody without incident.
At approximately 1:35 PM, Luzerne County Communications notified Hazleton City Police that Wilkes Barre Township identified the black BMW in their jurisdiction and a pursuit was initiated on the vehicle, which the registration came back to Alajan De Le Cruz - Gross.
The vehicle then continued and was the picked up by Ashley Borough Police and in their jurisdiction and in the area of Route 309 and Route 81, (3) individuals fled from the vehicle into a wooded area where a search is currently underway.
Pennsylvania State Police, Ashley Borough, Hazleton Police and other law enforcement agencies are currently searching for the individuals that fled from the pursuing officers in Ashley Borough.
At approximately 3:30 today, all three Individuals were captured, 1 Alajan De La Cruz Gross, and 2 unidentified males are being transported back to Hazleton Police Department for positive identification
Anyone that has information on the whereabouts of the other individuals or comes in contact with them should immediately call 911.
All calls will be treated confidentially.
Anyone with information about the individuals can use the Hazleton Police Department Anonymous Tip Line by going to hazletonpolice.com, downloading our smart phone application at Tipsoft and selecting the Hazleton Police Department thereby sending a text for tip or dealing from any cellular telephone, text to 247637 (CRIMES) and in the body of the message type the word mytips.
Chief of Police, Jerry Speziale, issued the following statement in a press release today:
“Whether the individuals cross a jurisdictional border or an ocean it's proven that law enforcement will locate them and bring them back to face justice.”
UPDATE - May 1st 2017, 8:55 PM
On Monday, May 1st, Scarly Hiciano-Rivera, of Hazleton turned himself into Hazleton Police, shortly after 7 o'clock in the evening.
Scary will be arraigned on Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault and Conspiracy to Commit Simple Assault later this evening.