Police: Wood St. Man Threatened to Kill Wife

Richard Conrad was reportedly angered by Facebook birthday messages for his wife, so he threatened to kill her and cut her into pieces, according to court papers.


A Bethlehem man is accused of threatening to kill his wife in her sleep and cut her in pieces, according to court papers.

Richard C. Conrad, 50, of 818 Wood St., also allegedly threatened to kill his children with a knife if he found anything on his wife’s cell phone, according to an arrest affidavit.

Conrad’s daughter, Brittney Conrad, told police that her father was angry with birthday Facebook messages that her mother, Michelle Conrad, had been receiving all day and threw her cell phone in the swimming pool, court papers say.

Brittney Conrad said the threats had been going on for most of the day on Thursday and at one point, her father told her mother to leave and that if she didn’t, “there would be consequences.”

When police arrived at the home at a little before 2 a.m. Friday, they found Mr. Conrad in a physical altercation with a Jeffrey Werner, the affidavit says. Conrad was observed kicking Werner in the back after police arrived.

Conrad was charged with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and harassment.

He was arraigned before night duty District Judge James Narlesky and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail. If he does post bail, one of the conditions will be that he not be allowed to return to the family home on Wood Street.


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