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Berks district attorney credits witnesses, videos in arrest

Man suspected in fatal stabbing in Reading

READING, Pa. - The Berks County district attorney credits witnesses who came forward, along with surveillance videos, for a quick arrest in the fatal stabbing of a man in Reading.

"This case came together rather quickly," said District Attorney John Adams.

Authorities on Wednesday charged Jesse Hill with first- and third-degree murder in the death of Luis Figueroa. They said Hill, 39, had worked with Figueroa.

"He was picked up because we had reason to believe he was going to flee the area," said Adams. "He has made some admissions that he did in fact stab the victim, causing the victim's death."

Authorities said Hill told them the stabbing was retaliation for a previous crime.

"By taking matters into his own hands, he has violated the law," Adams said. "We have no information that would indicate a valid justification for committing this homicide."

Adams credited witness response and video surveillance with helping Reading police make the arrest.

"This is a case where some witnesses did step forward shortly after this crime was committed," Adams said. "We're not going to solve crime in this city unless the people who live here step up to the plate and do what's right — and that is cooperating with law enforcement."


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