BEAVER MEADOWS — It took several hours, but the U.S. marshals with assistance from Hazleton police and state police got their fugitive.
Andre Collier, 26, of Philadelphia, was wanted for his alleged role in the kidnapping and deadly shooting of a man in Montgomery County on May 5. Collier was captured late Monday afternoon in the 100 block of Coxeville Road after a search that began in Hazleton.
“The coordination and cooperation demonstrated by law enforcement in this case ensured that a dangerous fugitive was taken off the streets,” U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane stated in a news release on Tuesday. “It is our top priority to arrest violent crime fugitives, especially those who have no regard for human life.”
An arrest warrant was issued for Collier in Montgomery County on May 20, charging him with criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, kidnapping, robbery, persons not to possess a firearm, possessing instruments of crime, terroristic threats, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy and false imprisonment.
According to The Pottstown Mercury newspaper in Montgomery County, Collier and three accomplices — Rasheed Teel, 21, Charles Freeman, 32, and Omar Miller, 27, addresses not listed — allegedly conspired to rob another man of drugs and money in West Pottsgove Township.
Three people were restrained with duct tape inside a house that was allegedly ransacked by Collier and his three co-conspirators. Collier and his accomplices left the house, taking a hostage who was shot in the back when he tried to escape a vehicle on Sanatoga Station Road, the Pottstown Mercury newspaper reported.
The hostage, identified as Kareem Borowy, 19, died.
The case was picked up by the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. An investigative lead was sent to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, which began investigating the whereabouts of Collier.
During the afternoon hours on Monday, authorities found Collier in Beaver Meadows. He tried to escape custody but was apprehended without incident, Pane said.