Monday, October 05, 2015

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Two Attempted Homicide Suspects

Scranton, PA - Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Tony Edwards, a 28-year-old man, and Wandalee Balcacer, a 25-year-old woman wanted by the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department for criminal attempt homicide.

On October 5, 2015 the Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force arrested Edwards and Balcacer, without incident, in Hanover Township and Wilkes-Barre respectively. Both were turned over to local authorities pending court proceedings.

It is alleged that on April 4, 2015 Edwards and Balcacer played a role in which two individuals were shot in the head at the Interfaith Heights Housing Complex off of Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre. The shooting allegedly took place after a verbal argument between the suspects and the victims.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “Our society must not tolerate such violence and should be committed to ensuring that dangerous fugitives are brought before the court. We are committed to ensuring this and it is my sincere hope these arrests bring some sense of calm to the citizens of Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding communities.”

The USMS worked jointly in this investigation with personnel from the Wilkes-Barre Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Scranton Police Department, Hanover Township Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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