Hazleton Man Arrested in Connection to Murder

Cruz Martinez

A Hazleton man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 16 year old New Jersey girl. Wilkes-Barre Police arrested 41-year old Cruz Martinez, Junior, of 14th Street last night, on an outstanding warrant for stealing a big screen TV from Walmart in Hazle Township. He then was detained on 10-million dollars cash bail to be extradited to New Jersey. New Jersey authorities believe Martinez is involved in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old  Alisha Colon, on Thursday.  She was pronounced dead at the scene in the bedroom of her Kearny, N.J., home with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities say the teenager was babysitting for her younger brother, and was killed as she tried to protect him. The Hudson County New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office has charged him with first-degree murder, illegal possession of a firearm.


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