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Cops nab person of interest in W-B shooting

September 26. 2013 11:23PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A man sought by city police as a “person of interest” in a deadly shooting earlier this month was captured on Hutson Street Wednesday night.

Jordan Stevens, 27, was apprehended without incident when authorities with the U.S. Marshals Service, state police and city police found him in a house at about 7:30 p.m.

Police on Thursday did not say how they linked Stevens to the Sept. 12 shooting at Boulevard Townhomes on South Welles Street.

Police said Christopher Narainasami, 18, of Hazle Avenue, and Alexander Torres Silva, 18, of South Sherman Street, both in Wilkes-Barre, were shot in the apartment complex just before 1 a.m. A third person with the pair was not injured.

Narainasami died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center on Sept. 13. An autopsy showed he died from multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide by the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.

Surveillance video at the apartment complex recorded Narainasami, Silva and their friend walking near stairs and passing an unknown person, who turned around with a handgun and randomly started shooting, police said.

Stevens was immediately named a “person of interest” hours after the shooting.

Police said Stevens was wanted by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for breaking parole. He was released from state prison in October 2012 after serving a sentence for a home invasion in Wilkes-Barre nearly eight years ago.

Court records say Stevens was one of three men who forced their way into an apartment at 565 N. Franklin St. and assaulted three people, including a woman who held a baby, on Dec. 12, 2005. One of the invaders shot a man in the hip with a small-caliber gun that was later found by Luzerne County deputy sheriffs in Stevens’ residence, when he lived at 244 Eastview Drive, on June 7, 2006.

U.S. Marshal Martin Pane praised the operation that took Stevens off the streets.

“The coordination and cooperation demonstrated by law enforcement in this case ensured that a dangerous fugitive was taken off the streets,” Pane said. “It is our top priority to arrest violent crime fugitives, especially those who have no regard for human life.”

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