Saturday, May 4, 2013
Victim dodged knife by jumping into girlfriend's car, police say. Easton man arrested in alleged assault.
A man brandishing a silver-and-black pocket knife in a Bethlehem neighborhood ran toward another man while yelling “I’m gonna poke you,” prompting the victim to jump into his girlfriend’s car for protection, court records say. The accused, Tyler James Grays, 22, of Easton, then kicked the rear driver’s side door, causing a 12-inch-to-15-inch dent and $600 in damage, the records say. The records do not say what may have prompted the incident at 3 p.m. Tuesday on the 1300 block of Eastwood Road in Marvine-Pembroke. The other man told police he “quickly” jumped into his girlfriend’s 2012 Hyundai Elantra to get away from the charging Grays, according to court records. Grays, of 1438 Ferry St., was charged with terroristic threats, simple …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Charged Fairview Street man also threw girlfriend to the ground and slammed a video game drum set on her back during domestic fight, police say.
A Bethlehem man allegedly picked up his girlfriend and threw her on the floor, smashed a video game drum set on her back and threatened to throw a pot of boiling water on her, police said. Jessie Johnson, 32, of 731 E. Fairview St., is accused in the physical and mental abuse of his girlfriend, who came to Bethlehem police headquarters on Monday to tell officers about the domestic violence she had suffered two days earlier. At one point during the struggle, the woman told police, Johnson was holding her down, covered her mouth and nose with his hands and screamed "Die ... I hate you!" The woman told police that she did not call police to report what had happened on Saturday because she “was scared of what Jessie Johnson would do to her …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Northeast Bethlehem man held knife over woman as she lay in bed early Thursday morning; he threatened to kill her and her son, court papers say.
A Bethlehem man held a knife “in a loaded position” over a woman while she was in bed early Thursday and threatened to kill her, court records say. Kareem Johnakin, 41, also is accused of threatening to kill the woman’s son inside the same house at 2447 South Court in the northeast section of the city. The son told police he saw Johnakin holding a knife and that Johnakin told him “he was going to kill them,” the records say. Police arrived at the South Court address around 3 a.m., according to a criminal complaint filed by Bethlehem police Officer James J. Hoffman. The woman and her son were standing outside. The woman told Hoffman Johnakin had yelled at her while she was inside her bedroom. He went over to the bed and ripped the sheets …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Bethlehem Township woman threatened to 'do' her boyfriend like defendant in high-profile Arizona murder trial, according to police complaint.
The explosive Arizona murder trial of a woman accused of stabbing and shooting her former boyfriend apparently has made an impression on a Bethlehem Township woman. Police say the local woman, Latoya Sophia Mitchell, 28, picked up a kitchen knife during an argument with her boyfriend about household chores Wednesday night and threatened to “do him like the lady did to her boyfriend on the news.” A criminal complaint said she was referring to the homicide trial in Mesa, Ariz., although it did not name the suspect – Jodi Arias. According to reports, police in Arizona say Arias, 32, stabbed her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, 27 times, slit his throat and shot him in the head as he showered in his Mesa home in June 2008. Arias is claiming …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Allentown man makes multiple Internet threats against ex-girlfirend, police say. He had twice tried to commit suicide since August breakup, according to court papers.
An Allentown man who took a breakup with his girlfriend so hard he tried twice to commit suicide is accused of making multiple threats against her on his Facebook page, according to Bethlehem police. David Howell, 44, of 240 N. Front St., was charged with making terroristic threats and harassment for strongly suggesting through Facebook posts that he had intentions of doing harm to her and her children, according to the arrest affidavit. The warrant also says Howell sent an email to his victim’s place of employment, which got her fired. “Just because I am so quiet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look over your shoulder for me. I will come in the night when you least expect me to exact my revenge,” was one Facebook post police quoted on an …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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: Michael Silvoy was arrested and charged with terroristic …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Whitehall man was at police station to help wife report her kidnap and rape at the Sands, but the truth was very different, Bethlehem police say.
Actor Jack Nicholson immortalized the line, “You can’t handle the truth!” Handling, or mishandling, the truth is allegedly what happened when a man – in the presence of his wife and a Bethlehem police detective – told the woman, “I am going to kill you.” The outburst of Hua Dong Lin, 30, of Whitehall – as Det. Moses Miller sat in the same room -- has landed him in Northampton County Prison on a charge of terroristic threats. So what was “the truth?” It has two parts and involved the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem on Christmas Day and a serious allegation by the wife that turned out to be not the truth, but a lie. According to a criminal complaint filed by Miller: First, Lin’s wife – Yan Fong Zheng -- went to Bethlehem police Dec. 26 and …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Hector Manuel Padilla, 22, of Allentown, is accused of pulling gun during argument outside of 40 Below, early Saturday morning.
A man allegedly pointed a handgun at a woman outside a downtown Bethlehem nightclub during a fight between two groups early Saturday. The man “then pulled the slide back in a manner which indicated to her that the handgun was being loaded,” a criminal complaint says. The man, Hector Manuel Padilla of Allentown, did not fire the weapon but was charged in the incident outside the 40 Below Nightclub & Lounge and wound up in Northampton County Prison. City Officer Jeff Lutte wrote in the complaint that he was patrolling in the area of the parking lot behind the nightclub – at 40 W. Broad St. – around 2am when he saw a group of people yelling. He got out of his car and a woman told him a “chunky” male later identified as Padilla displayed a …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Allentown man in Subway restaurant on W. Broad Street allegedly threatens to shoot a woman, police say.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Bethlehem police say an Allentown man threatened to shoot a woman at a city Subway restaurant last week. Gregory Lee Mann, 62, of 823 Chew St., is charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. According to police, Mann was at the Subway at 8 W. Broad St. Friday evening when a woman noticed him acting strangely -- banging on the bathroom door and talking to the walls. At one point, Mann allegedly turned to the woman and said, "I'm gonna shoot ya." Mann was arraigned before on-duty District Judge Richard Yetter of Wilson and sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $1,000 bail.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Suspect boasted of eight-year prison stay, telling victim he wouldn't mind going back for 10 more to kill him, police say.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A South Bethlehem man boasted about a lengthy prison stay as he threatened to kill another man he has been feuding with since the summer, according to court papers. “I’m gonna stab you and kill you and your mother and burn your house down,” David Wayne Margretta allegedly told Michael Bobo during a confrontation in front of Bobo’s home at 306 E. Third St. early Saturday evening, according to an arrest affidavit. “I’ve done eight years upstate … I don’t mind going back for 10 more because I’m gonna kill you,” Margretta also allegedly said. Bobo told police that he and Margretta had another confrontation “over a female family member” in the summer and Margretta had refused to let it go since. Bobo told police that he was cleaning chocolate…