Police: 5 Women Attacked Cop in SouthSide

According to court records, 5 women punched officer in the head while he tried to make arrest on E. Third St. early Saturday morning. One from Allentown is charged with aggravated assault.


A group of women attacked a Bethlehem police officer trying to make an arrest early Saturday on the SouthSide.

In the end, an Allentown woman – Barbara Cintron-Santiago, 24 -- was charged with punching an officer several times about the face and head.

Court records say nothing about other women being charged, including the woman the officer was trying to arrest.

The incident involving city Officer Louis D. Csaszar and others began around 3 a.m. when Csaszar saw another officer performing a field sobriety test on a male in the 200 block of E. Third St.

A group of people gathered, and Csaszar and another officer asked the group to leave, Csaszar said in a criminal complaint. A male refused and the other officer arrested him.

The complaint does not identify the male or list the charges against him. The complaint also said:

As Csaszar helped take the male into custody, four to six women gathered around the officers, who ordered them to leave. Several walked away but one remained and began screaming at Csaszar.

He asked her to leave three times and she refused, at one point walking up to him, starting to scream and saying she wasn’t leaving.

He then told her she was under arrest, grabbed her by the arm and told her again she was under arrest. Csaszar said the woman began to “physically fight with me.”

He ordered her to stop resisting and to place her hands behind her back. She refused, “so I took her to the ground,” Csaszar said.

As he was about to handcuff the woman with her hands behind her back, Cintron-Santiago “and about four other females” began to punch him in the back of the head and on the face.

Cintron-Santiago, of 1030 Colorado St., was taken into custody. She was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing the administration of law.

She was arraigned later Saturday by on-duty District Judge John Capobianco of Nazareth and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.


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