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Man wanted in Mahanoy killing found in Tennessee

A man wanted for a homicide in Mahanoy City was captured Tuesday in Tennessee.

The case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller said Santonio Malone, 36, was found in a residence in the 1600 block of Gregory Avenue in Memphis. He was apprehended without incident. Investigators with the Two Rivers Task Force and the Shelby County Fugitive Apprehension Team assisted.

“An inter-state fugitive with an arrest warrant for murder will always be top priority for the U.S. Marshals Service,” Miller said.

Malone is in the Shelby County Jail. A court date is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to inmate information.

Malone is charged with first and third-degree murder, four counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, possessing an instrument of crime and criminal attempt-criminal homicide.

State police identified the man killed as Juan Carlos Romero, 33, of Hazleton. Alorfi Bladimir Ramirez, 29, of Hazle Township, was also shot.

Mahanoy City Police responded to the Rmusic21 Lounge at E. Centre and S. Second St. at 2:50 a.m. Oct. 24 to a disturbance outside. The assailant shot Romero “multiple times” in the middle of the street.

Ramirez, who was kneeling behind his vehicle parked in front of the lounge after he got a gun from his vehicle, was then shot by the assailant.