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
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency