Knife Threat Made in College Dorm Room, Police Say

Philadelphia man held knife to neck of another man in Northampton Community College dormitory, police say.

Northampton Community College (Patch File Photo)
Northampton Community College (Patch File Photo)

A Philadelphia man stormed into a Northampton Community College dorm room, grabbed another man by the neck, held a knife to his throat and threatened to kill him, according to Bethlehem Township police.

Norman Blocker, 21, of 627 Mifflin St., is facing aggravated assault and other charges as a result of the incident, which took place after 2 p.m. Saturday.

The victim managed to push the knife away from his neck, but cut his right index finger and thumb in the process, police said. The knife was later recovered in the dormitory’s second-floor bathroom, where Blocker had thrown it in the trash, police said.

It was unclear from the arrest affidavit what sparked the fight or whether Blocker or the other man are students at the college.

According to the affidavit, Blocker walked into the room, grabbed the victim by the neck, pulled him out of a bed, put the knife to his throat and said: “You want me to … kill you?”

In addition to aggravated assault, Blocker was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment.

He was arraigned before on-duty District Judge Joseph Barner of Lower Nazareth Township and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.


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