Man Drives Over Crowd Holding Vigil For Fire Victims | True Crime Daily Brief

Episode 429,  Aug 16, 08:11 PM

A 24-year-old man was taken into custody after he drove into a crowd of people attending a fundraiser for ten people killed in a fire and then beat his mother to death at home.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6:15 p.m., a car reportedly accelerated into a group of people gathered on West 2nd Street in Berwick for a community event, killing one person and injuring 17.

State Police said the suspect in both incidents has been taken into custody. Shortly after that, Pennsylvania State Police received a call about a man physically assaulting a female. The woman was dead when state police arrived.

A Pennsylvania State Police press release today identified the suspect as Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, 24, and the deceased woman as Rebecca Reese, 50. The five people transported to nearby hospitals were released, while five remain in critical condition and two in fair condition.

Sura Reyes allegedly drove into the crowd and then "intentionally" struck his mother in Berwick, where he lived with his mother, according to the statement. After exiting the vehicle, he allegedly struck her multiple times with a blunt object, killing her.

The suspect was taken into custody on two counts of criminal homicide, but he may face additional charges.

Prior to driving into the crowd, Sura Reyes reportedly had an argument with his mother and left his home feeling angry, according to the criminal complaint cited by the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. In a recent interview, he reportedly admitted to accelerating as he approached the group and said, "I didn't ram them. I just ran them over."

After he arrived home, he allegedly beat his mother with a hammer he had taken out of his car.

On West 2nd Street, people gathered to honor the victims who lost their lives earlier in August when a house caught fire, killing 10 people between the ages of 5 and 79.

The blaze reportedly killed a volunteer firefighter's son, daughter, three grandchildren, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and two other relatives.

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