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For Immediate Release

January 15, 2020

Steve Rowe, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 648-1580;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Monroe County Homicide Suspect

Scranton, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Zaire Unique Burkett, a 20-year old man from Whitehall, Lehigh County.

On December 4, 2019, the Pennsylvania State Police investigated a homicide in 1700 block of Silver Maple Road, Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. Troopers determined that the victim was shot and killed during a robbery. On December 7, 2019, troopers obtained an arrest warrant charging Burkett with Criminal Homicide, Robbery and lesser included offenses. Attempts to find Burkett were unsuccessful and the case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force.

Today, at about 6 a.m., members of the task force checked a home in the 700 block of South Eighth Street, Allentown and arrested Burkett without incident. He was turned over to the Pennsylvania State Police for arraignment and processing.

United States Marshal Pane stated, “It’s the Marshals Services’ duty to ensure that those charged with violent crimes have their day in court. It is my sincere hope that the victim’s family will find some measure of comfort knowing the suspect will face justice.”

The USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania is comprised of 20 state, county and local police agencies, including: the Pennsylvania State Police; the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole; and the Scranton Police Department – all of whom participated in this investigation.

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