Police: City Man Wouldn't Recant Murderous Threat

Bethlehem son angry that father's will left house to stepmother, not him, threatens to kill stepmother and uncle, police say.


A Bethlehem man accused of threatening to kill his uncle and his stepmother the day after his father died is cooling off in Northampton County Prison, according to court papers.

Michael A. Silvoy, 31, of 1432 Hottle Ave., was apparently angered that his father left his house to his stepmother, Rosanne Silvoy, the arrest affidavit says.

On Saturday night, he called his uncle, Andrew Silvoy, and threatened to come to his SouthSide home to kill both him and Rosanne, police said. Michael was upset that Andrew, the brother of the deceased, was helping his stepmother, Andrew told police.

Both victims said they were frightened of Michael, police said.

According to the arrest affidavit:

  • A Bethlehem police officer then visited Michael Silvoy at his home. Initially, he told police he would not answer the door. Ultimately, he did speak to police on his front porch.
  • At that time, the officer gave Silvoy an opportunity to back away from his threat, telling him that sometimes people say things over the telephone or Internet that they would not say to someone face-to-face.
  • Silvoy’s reply to the officer: “I’m a man of my word, and if I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it. If he [Andrew Silvoy] was here right now, I would say the same things to his face.”

Michael Silvoy was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and harassment. He was arraigned before on-duty District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez, who set bail at $150,000.


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