READING, Pa. - Police have made an arrest in a homicide that happened early Sunday morning on Pear Street.
Capt. Cheryl Pentheny with the Reading police department says thorough investigative work allowed them to make the arrest just days after the homicide happened.
Around 5:30 a.m. Sunday Reading police responded to reports of a shooting on Pear Street. Once on scene they found 24-year-old Walner Torres Santana dead with multiple gunshot wounds.
Police say their investigation led them to identify a suspect, Roland Pena.
"Roland Pena was actually taken into custody this morning up at JFK International Airport in New York and is currently in custody up there awaiting extradition," says Pentheny.
Police say they believe Pena, who is a Reading resident, was trying to flee the country to the Dominican Republic. He's now facing charges of first-degree murder and third-degree murder.
Police have released video of Pena and three other people who were with him the night of the homicide near the area where the victim was found.
Police say in the video Pena is the one in the light-colored T-shirt and ripped jeans.
"Right now, this is the only person that's suspected of the actual homicide," says Pentheny, "but we're trying to identify the other three individuals to determine whether they were involved or whether had any knowledge of what happened."
Police say the suspect and victim did know one another and it doesn't appear drugs were involved.
If you have information about the shooting contact Reading police or crime alert.