Bethlehem police had an hour-long standoff with a Marvine-Pembroke teenager who is accused of firing a semi-automatic pistol in the air three times during an argument with his girlfriend Sunday morning, according to published reports and court records.
Jateek Oscar Santiago, 19, of 1430 Livingston St., is facing multiple charges stemming from the incident, including carrying a firearm without a license, a felony, and two counts of reckless endangerment.
An eyewitness call to 911 brought police to the scene within minutes of the 1:20 a.m. incident, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The witness described the shots being fired in a parking lot at 1265 Livingston St. and Santiago, his girlfriend and two their toddler children then going inside of 1430 Livingston St. One of the toddlers in a stroller was knocked over during the argument, the witness told police.
Police surrounded the home for about an hour before four adults surrendered, according to The Morning Call. No one was hurt, the newspaper reported.
Police found three spent .380 shell casings in the parking lot of 1265 Livingston St., according to the arrest affidavit. A gun shot residue test kit of Santiago’s hands yielded a positive result, police said.
The weapon, a semi-automatic handgun and a digital drug scale, was found inside of Santiago’s home, police said. According to the affidavit, there also is an active protection from abuse order against Santiago in New York.
Santiago was also charged with illegal firearms possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, public drunkenness and discharging a firearm within city limits.
He was arraigned before District Judge Diane Marakovits of Northampton and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.