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Wanted homicide suspect crashes car, runs from police in McAdoo

Published December 17. 2012 05:06PM

An attempted homicide suspect is still missing in Schuylkill County, and police said he is armed and dangerous. McAdoo Police pulled over a vehicle driven by Victor Luis Rivera, 29, of Lehigh Valley, around 1 a.m. Sunday on SR309 in Schuylkill County. Rivera is wanted for attempted homicide near Easton in Lehigh County in October. Police said during the stop, Rivera drove off the road and crashed. He then ran into a wooded area and got away. Officers found drugs in the car.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts it asked to call 911.

Police said they tried to pull over Rivera about 12:58 a.m. near West Sherman Street and South Kennedy Drive for illegal window tint on the white Mitsubishi he was driving. They added that he was being followed north on South Kennedy Drive (SR309) by a four-door gray Cadillac with rear-tinted windows.

The Cadillac stopped in front of Wells Fargo Bank as police activated their lights to pull the vehicle over.

As police stepped out of their vehicle, Rivera drove off and police followed him with their sirens activated.

A short time later, Rivera crashed into a red Dodge Ram just outside the borough near Kennedy Drive and Jackson Street. He then got out of the vehicle and began running when the male driver of the Cadillac, who was still parked on the side of the bank and yelled, "Yo, get in." Police said when they looked back at the Cadillac, the male driving it took off north on SR309 toward Hazleton while Rivera ran into the backyard of a home at Kennedy Drive and Jackson Street, where they said he ran through shrubs and jumped a fence.

The Mitsubishi had light driver's side damage and the pickup truck had light damage to the back passenger side fender on the truck.

Assisting McAdoo in the wide search were Weatherly and Rush Township officers. All three departments searched the area and alerted other police departments to look for the two men but neither were located.

Despite the in-depth search, Rivera was not found.

Police said the Mitsubishi that Rivera was driving smelled of marijuana, and bags, an iPhone and an Oakland Raiders hat were also discovered in the vehicle. Officers said the vehicle's registration and insurance showed the vehicle belonging to Tanisha M. Perez, an ex-boyfriend of Rivera. Perez told police that she was afraid of him.

Police later discovered that that Rivera was wanted on a warrant and charged with homicide a number of years before in the Lehigh Valley. He was later acquitted of that homicide.

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