Stabbing for Drugs, 'Street Cred' Also a Robbery: Police

X-box, cell phones found in bloody pillow case at defendant's house, police say.

A South Bethlehem man who was arrested over the weekend for allegedly stabbing another city man for the sake of drugs and his street credibility was arraigned Monday on a new charge of armed robbery related to the same incident.

While visiting defendant Nicholas James Bossons, police found in the defendant’s doorway a blood-stained pillow case containing a white X-box console and cell phones that belonged to the stabbing victim, who on Monday—from a hospital bed—confirmed the items were his, according to court records.

Bossons, 23, of 940 E. Fourth St., stabbed his alleged victim five times—three times in the upper chest, once in the skull—causing a fractured skull, and once in the lower right leg—cutting a major artery, police said.

The 43-year-old alleged victim who lives on the 800 block of E. Morton Street, is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill, police said.

According to the arrest affidavit, the two men met for the first time at the Good Times bar, 748 E. Fourth St.

Bossons told police that he agreed to buy a gram of cocaine from the victim for $40, the affidavit says. But after walking to the home on Morton Street, Bossons said the other man denied him the drugs.

Bossons admitted to the stabbing, police said, telling detectives that he did it to keep his “street credit.”

The alleged victim, meanwhile, told police that he invited Bossons back to his house for a beer and while they were there he “went crazy, pulled out a knife” and stabbed him.

Among the other charges Bossons faces are attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. When one officer first tried to arrest Bossons at his home, Bossons allegedly elbowed the cop in the mouth, police said.

Bossons was re-arraigned Monday before District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.


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