Message from Sam Sr.
Hazleton Police Arrest Bronx Homicide Suspect
Victor Mateo was wanted by the NYPD and NY Authorities in connection with a machete murder of a woman in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx on October 3, 2019.
Hazleton Police coordinated efforts with the Pennsylvania State Police and US Marshal Regional Task Force who developed intelligence that indicated Mateo had family in Hazleton, owned rental properties and frequented the area.
On October 10, 2019, surveillance was setup on Mateo’s property located in the 100 block of W. Tamarack Street in Hazleton.
Around 10pm, Hazleton Police Detective Lieutenant Anthony White, Detective Sergeant Kevin Wagner and Detective Angelo Gadola observed a 2013 Hyundai Tucson being driven by Mateo arrive in the 100 block of West Tamarack Street.
The above detectives immediately called for backup and conducted a felony motor vehicle stop as numerous Hazleton Detective and Patrol Units from the Hazleton Police Department responded to the location.
Victor Mateo was taken into custody without incident by Detective Lieutenant Anthony White, Detective Sergeant Kevin Wagner and Detective Angelo Gadola. Mateo was placed under arrest and a Hazleton Patrol Unit transported Mateo to Hazleton Police Headquarters for processing.
Members of the Pennsylvania State police, US Marshal’s Regional Task Force and NYPD responded to Hazleton Police Headquarters.
Mateo is being charged as a Fugitive from Justice and will be held overnight at Luzerne County Correctional Facility in Wilkes-Barre for overnight arraignment and will be required to have an extradition hearing for his return to New York City.
Statement from Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat;
“The men and women of the Hazleton Police Department are a talented group of individuals truly dedicated to the safety of our city. I am proud of the hard work displayed daily by the men and women of the Hazleton Police Department.”