Arrest made in Scranton triple homicide

Posted: July 18, 2008

Wilkes Barre raid caps Scranton slaying

Randall Rushing is suspected in triple homicide Thursday morning on S. Irving Avenue.

EDWARD LEWIS, JEN MARCKINI and TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER Times Leader staff writers (photo by Don Carey/the times leader)

WILKES-BARRE – Armed with shotguns and assault rifles, authorities on Thursday raided a High Street home, where they captured a man they say killed three people hours earlier in Scranton.

Randall Rushing, 25, was apprehended at about 4:45 p.m. when a team of state police troopers, FBI agents and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force stormed into 268 High St. during a thunderstorm.

Luzerne County District Attorney Jacqueline Musto Carroll said Rushing was captured without incident and turned over to Lackawanna County authorities.

Rushing was laughing when he was brought out of the house. He will be charged with three counts of homicide, according to Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola.

“We’re still investigating the relationships of who was down there with him,” said Scranton police Chief David Elliott. “There were several individuals in the home with him at that location.”

Police did not say how the victims died. Autopsies are scheduled for this morning.

Meanwhile, in Scranton, homicide detectives remained at 1604 S. Irvine Ave., where three people, including a teenage boy, were found dead inside the home earlier that morning. At 6:53 a.m., Lackawanna County 911 was notified of a shooting at the home, Elliott said.

Two of the three victims lived at the South Side residence. They were Dustin Hintz, 22, and Leslie Collier, 16. The other victim, 21-year-old Justin Berrios, lived in the same neighborhood, at 515 Maple St., Elliott said.

Elliott said police found four others in the house where the deaths occurred, including a 2-year-old child and a handicapped man. All four were bound and tied, but not harmed.

Authorities identified them as Samantha Hintz, 19, and her 2-year-old son, Tristan Berrios, along with her mother, Cynthia Collier, 43, and her brother, Matthew Collier, 21. Justin Berrios had a relationship with Hintz and was Tristan’s father, officials said.

According to Director of Public Safety Ray Hayes, none required hospitalization.

Investigators are still probing a motive in the triple homicide. One on which they are focusing is whether Rushing was a jealous boyfriend, Hayes said.

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