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Murder Suspect Captured in Centre County to Be Returned to Connecticut

by on April 05, 2017 12:54 PM

A man charged with murder in Bridgeport, Conn., who was captured in February in Centre County will be returned to Connecticut after waiving his extradition rights on Wednesday.

Oscar Hernandez, 39, was apprehended by Pennsylvania State Police on Feb. 24 near the Shiloh Road exit of Interstate 99 after an Amber Alert led to a high-speed chase. Hernandez is alleged to have fled with his 6-year-old daughter after the murder of the child's mother and stabbing of another woman, who survived.

At an extradition hearing on Wednesday in Bellefonte before Judge Jonathan Grine, Hernandez waived his extradition rights and will be returned to Connecticut to face charges of murder, attempted murder and first-degree assault. Bridgeport Police told the Connecticut Post that they will send detectives to Bellefonte on Friday to retrieve Hernandez. Hernandez has been held at the Centre County Correctional facility since his arrest.

After he was arrested, it was discovered that Hernandez was deported in November 2013 to his native El Salvador after being convicted of assault, threatening and reckless endangerment stemming from a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend at the time in Stamford, Conn.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they were not aware prior to the incident that Hernandez had returned to the U.S. and it was unclear when he did.

Earlier in the morning on Tuesday, Hernandez waived a preliminary hearing on multiple charges brought against him in Centre County. Locally, he has been charged with felony counts of fleeing law enforcement and endangering the welfare of a child, along with four misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and four summary traffic charges.

Hernandez allegedly attacked his child's mother, Nidia Gonzalez, 26, and another woman who has not been identified early in the morning of Feb. 24 then fled with his daughter.

After a multi-state Amber Alert was issued, Pennsylvania State Police identified Hernandez's car on I-99 northbound in Centre County and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

A high-speed pursuit -- which police said reached 125 miles per hour -- ended just before noon with Hernandez crashing into a tractor-trailer, causing two state police cruisers to crash in a chain-reaction, near the Shiloh Road exit in Benner Township. The child was found to be safe and was not injured in the crash. Two state police troopers sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The child now lives with a maternal relative in Connecticut, according to the Connecticut Post.



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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