Federal officials announced Wednesday that a fugitive wanted for the shooting deaths of three people – including two children playing with kittens outside their Pennsylvania home – has been arrested at Philadelphia.
The U.S. The Marshals Service reported that Ivan Claudio Rosero was arrested without incident in a park on Tuesday night. Two other suspects including a child were arrested soon after the killings on May 30 in Lebanon. The prosecutors said that they plan to seek the death penalty for Rosero and another adult suspect.
Jesus and Sebastian Perez Salome, aged 8 and 9, as well as a third victim, were all killed. A relative told The Associated Press that the mother of the boys was at a convenience store nearby when she heard gunfire. She ran home and found them shot. According to Felix Muniz Torres, the boys were “very closely” bonded and played together often, usually with superhero figures.
Authorities have described the shooting as a result of “a previous argument” between the shooters and Joshua Lugo Perez. The boys and Lugo-Perez lived in the same house where the shooting took place, but Lugo Perez was not related.
Authorities said that Rosero had fled the scene of the shooting in a white BMW, which investigators later connected to his girlfriend. This prompted an intense statewide search, leading marshals to Philadelphia. Rosero was in possession of the keys to the BMW at the time he was arrested, and the vehicle was near him.
Rosero admitted to detectives that he and the other shooters drove themselves to the house in Lebanon and he also fired multiple shots. This was according to a press release by the Lebanon County District Attorney’s Office.
Pier Hess Graf, the Lebanon County District attorney, expressed her gratitude for having all suspects in custody.
She said: “When children die, or when a community faces danger due to gun violence that is senseless, justice requires every effort.”
The court records do not include the names of attorneys for Rosero, Alex Torres Santos (22), and a male 16 years old. All three remain in custody and are charged with three counts each of criminal murder, conspiracies and other crimes.
Tiffany Koziara was Rosero’s girlfriend. She lied to investigators when they searched her home about their contact. Tiffany also booked a room at a nearby hotel for Rosero and herself. She was arrested on charges of hindering the capture of a fugitive. Her bail was set at $250,000. In court records, her attorney was not listed.