A 21-year-old man who was at large for seven months was brought back to Lehigh County Thursday to face charges of shooting and killing a 21-year-old man as he walked past a strip club on the border between Bethlehem and Allentown.
Ulysses Rodriguez, 21, was arrested about one week ago in Suffolk County, N.Y. He was brought back to Lehigh County by Det. Richard Heffelfinger of the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Homicide Task Force and Bethlehem Det. Jason Fulmer, according to a release from the district attorney's office.
Rodriguez, whose street name is Slime, was arraigned at noon Thursday (Dec. 5) by District Judge Wayne Maura of west Bethlehem on a charge of criminal homicide, according to online court records.
The records note that the charge is a "non-bailable offense," meaning Rodriguez was committed to Lehigh County Prison.
Police allege that Rodriguez gunned down Tyree Wimberly, who lived on Alice Street in Allentown, on the street outside of Scoobie’s Gentleman’s Club, 2327 Hanover Ave., Allentown, at about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 26.
An eyewitness told police there was a confrontation at Club Avenue and Eaton Avenue after Rodriguez offered to sell marijuana and Wimberly refused to buy, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The witness said he saw the shooter pull a handgun from his waistband in the back of his pants and point it at Wimberly, according to the affidavit. Then the witness said he heard several shots before Wimberly walked toward the entrance of Scoobie’s and collapsed.
The shooter then fled, the witness told police.Wimberly died a little more than two hours later at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.
Authorities filed a charge of criminal homicide against Rodriguez on April 23, according to online court records.