Today at approximately 10am, Hazleton Police Officers responded to the 100 block of S. Lee Court for a female reporting that a male pulled a handgun on her and hit her in the face.
According to a press release from HPD, while responding to the scene, Luzerne county Communications notified police that the suspect, 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 neighboring jurisdictions of the situation description 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 Gonzalez 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 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.
Statement of Police Chief Jerry Speziale:
"The coordination and quick response by law enforcement in the area removed this dangerous individual from our community."
"The mission of the Hazleton City Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our City by working in partnership with the community to enforce the law, preserve peace, reduce fear, and maintain order. The Hazleton Police Department is committed to accomplishing its mission of protecting the lives and property of all the citizens and visitors of Hazleton by treating everyone with compassion, courtesy, professionalism, and respect, while efficiently rendering public safety services and enforcing the laws impartially, by fighting crime both through deterrence and the relentless pursuit of criminals."