Two more individuals have been arrested in conjunction with the Tuesday, May 30, triple murder that took place in Lebanon city.
The Lebanon County District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday morning, June 7, that 27-year-old Ivan Claudio Rosero has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of homicide, conspiracy, and firearm offenses. The DA’s office said it has filed a Notice of Aggravating Circumstances against Rosero and intends to seek the death penalty.
Previously, Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf said she would seek the death penalty against 22-year-old Alex Torres-Santos, one of two individuals arrested last week for their role in the killing of 8-year-old Jesus Perez-Salome, his 9-year-old brother, Sebastian Perez-Salome, and 19-year-old Joshua Lugo-Perez. Also arrested last week was 16-year-old James Fernandez-Reyes, who is not eligible for the death penalty as a juvenile.
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Police have also charged Rosero’s girlfriend, 34-year-old Tiffany Koziara, with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive.
Rosero’s arrest follows “an intense, weeklong manhunt” for the third shooter, according to a press release. The investigation apparently hinged around video footage of a white vehicle parking near the location of the shooting on Tuesday night. The video showed three people exiting the vehicle and walking west and out of frame before running back to the vehicle moments after the shooting and fleeing the area. The presence of the white vehicle was noted in the affidavits of probable cause last week, but investigators had not shared any further information about the vehicle or the third subject until today’s announcement.
Charges against Rosero do not appear to have yet been filed.
According to court documents, Koziara was arraigned early Wednesday morning in front of Magisterial District Judge John Ditzler and remanded to Lebanon County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail, set at $225,000. Koziara faces a third-degree felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.
According to the release, investigators were able to link the white vehicle – now identified as a white BMW – to 34 Cumberland Street, the residence of Koziara. A search warrant was executed at the residence, and investigators learned that Koziara had lent the vehicle to Rosero prior to the homicides, after which he had fled the area, still in possession of the vehicle.
The District Attorney’s office said in the release that a statewide, multi-agency manhunt was then initiated for Rosero and the white BMW. Rosero was located by U.S. Marshalls in the late evening hours on Tuesday, June 6, at Pennypack Park in Philadelphia, where he was taken into custody without incident. The release says Rosero had possession of the keys to the white BMW when he was arrested, and the vehicle was also located nearby at the time.
According to the release, following his arrest, Rosero admitted to his involvement in the shooting when questioned by detectives. The DA’s office said Rosero admitted he possessed a gun and fired multiple rounds during the homicide.
Koziara faces charges over allegedly providing false information to investigators regarding her contact with Rosero on June 3 and booking a hotel room for herself and Rosero the same weekend as the search warrant, the DA’s office said.
DA Hess Graf said over the past week, Lebanon city detectives, the Lebanon County Detective Bureau, and the DA’s office have not stopped in their quest to locate and arrest all three shooters.
“When children are killed, when a community is yet again endangered due to senseless gun violence, justice demands every ounce of effort possible,” said Hess Graf.
Hess Graf thanked the Lebanon City Police Department and the Lebanon County Detective Bureau for their work in this case.
“To have three shooters identified and in custody all within a week is a true testament to the caliber of men each of our Detectives is,” said Hess Graf in a press release. “We are grateful to the State Police and Marshalls for their assistance in locating and arresting Rosero – through their efforts, our community is safer.”
Hess Graf said her office will now shift its focus from arrest to trial preparation, and their work in this case has just begun.
“I promise my office and the police will do everything in its power to hold the killers accountable.”
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