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Tampa FBI SWAT personnel help capture man wanted in four homicides

Authorities allege that in January 2018, he and other alleged members of a drug-trafficking organization confronted and eventually opened fire on four other people.
Federal authorities have announced the arrest in Florida of a fugitive wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four men in an eastern Pennsylvania row house more than three years ago.
Federal authorities have announced the arrest in Florida of a fugitive wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four men in an eastern Pennsylvania row house more than three years ago. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Apr. 6
Updated Apr. 6

Federal authorities have announced the arrest in Florida of a fugitive wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four men in an eastern Pennsylvania row house more than three years ago.

FBI Tampa SWAT personnel took 31-year-old Pedro Sanchez-Laporte into custody Tuesday morning without incident at a residence in Lake Alfred, the FBI and Berks County prosecutors said.

Authorities allege that in January 2018, he and other alleged members of a drug-trafficking organization confronted and eventually opened fire on four other people selling narcotics in a Reading apartment. Three died at the scene and a fourth, the defendant’s nephew, died later at a hospital.

Four other defendants were arrested earlier in the case and are awaiting trial. Sanchez-Laporte, the only suspect still at large, is to be returned by federal marshals to Pennsylvania to stand trial on murder, drug and firearms charges.

The FBI last month announced a $25,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of Sanchez-Laporte. Court documents don’t list an attorney representing him.

Killed in the Reading shooting in 2018 were 20-year-old Jarlyn Lantigua-Tejada, 20, Juan Rodriguez, 23, Nelson Onofre, 23, and Joshua Santos, 20, all of Reading. Santos, according to the FBI, was Sanchez-Laporte’s nephew.

Reading is roughly 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia.