Victim identified, man arrested after Hazle Township death ruled as homicide

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HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Joseph Sarmiento, 36, is now being charged with homicide following a domestic incident at the Red Carpet Inn on Saturday, PA State Police announced on Monday.

An autopsy revealed the 38-year-old female victim died as a result of blunt force trauma. She was identified as Helena Johnson from Massachusetts. Charges were filed against Sarmiento by Magisterial District Judge James Dixon.

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