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2 Cops Hurt Arresting Bar Brawler, Police Say

City man threatened bar manager, sucker-punched bouncer before scuffling with two Bethlehem police officers, court records say.

 

A city man denied entry to a South Bethlehem bar early Friday cursed at and threatened the female manager, came back later and sucker-punched a bouncer, then injured two police officers while resisting arrest, court records say.

The case involving suspect Enasio N. Morales, 29, began around 1 a.m. at Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub and ended at 6:35 a.m., when Morales was arraigned and committed to Northampton County Prison.

In between, two officers—Lt. Jeff Herzog and Officer Christopher Kopp—were injured trying to take Morales into custody, the records say.

Herzog had abrasions to both elbows, a chipped bone to his right elbow and strained ligaments to his left hand.

Kopp had abrasions to his right elbow and had to apply “substantial force” to overcome resistance from Morales, the records say.

Also, Morales is accused of telling Molly’s manager that he would “kick her ass, kill her and not [be] afraid to beat a bitch,” the records say.

A criminal complaint filed by Officer Jonathan R. Isaac tells the following story:

  • Police responded to Molly’s at 4 E. Fourth St. around 1 a.m. for a report of a disturbance by two men—later identified as Morales and another man—after they were denied entry to the bar. Morales cursed at and threatened the manager, then he and the other man left in a blue Jeep Cherokee. The complaint does not say why the two were denied entry to the bar.
  • Less than hour later, two bouncers from Molly’s flagged down Kopp, with one of the bouncers saying a man from the earlier incident “just sucker-punched me in the face.” The man, who was wearing a white T-shirt, was later identified as Morales.
  • Morales was spotted running into a lane of traffic in the unit block of E. Morton Street. He “stopped and took a fighting stance” as one of the bouncers approached.
  • Kopp and Herzog also approached. They told the bouncer to step back and he complied. Herzog ordered Morales to lie on the ground but he refused. The officers grabbed him, Morales kept trying to pull away, the officers kept ordering him to lie on the ground and he kept refusing.
  • The officers finally took Morales to the ground. The suspect continued to resist but the officers were able to handcuff him—but not before suffering injuries, which required treatment at a hospital.

 

Morales, of 406 Central Blvd., was charged with terroristic threats, resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned by on-duty District Judge Robert Hawke of Lehigh Township, who set bail at $8,000.

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