The first three days of Musikfest police activity are detailed in our earlier blog post here.
Musikfest 2012 has continued to be a little more mellow in terms of fights and disorderly conduct. If there is a troubling trend, it is the number of arrests being made for very young teens who are highly intoxicated. It is important to note that we have no indication that any of these incidents involves these minors being served alcohol by Musikfest, or any of the area establishments. These young teens, some as young as fourteen (14) years of age are arriving at Musikfest, having consumed alcohol elsewhere. On the topic of Underage Drinking, as we noted in our “The guide on how not to get arrested” post before Musikfest started, ”That will always result in your arrest and removal from the festival. Despite how old you think you look, you look really young to us and probably don’t have much of an ability to behave properly after drinking. Yes, we know the backpack trick, the water bottle trick, and quite a few others that we tried a time or two. This one is very simple, if you are under 21, don’t drink at Musikfest.” The reality of this situation is that high risk behavior will always tried by teenagers and they will always continue to try to push the limits. It is up to the adults to keep our youngest generation from pushing those limits too far. Parents may be hated for keeping tabs on their teen, but that is part of the job of a parent.
That being said, on to the arrest information:
Monday August 6th:
- 20 y/o Keith Giovanni Sanders of 807 Media Street, Bethlehem , PA arrested for Disorderly Conduct for fighting at Main & Broad Streets
- 29 y/o Joel Hernandez-Espejel of 535 Wyandotte Street, Bethlehem, PA arrested for Public Drunkenness after found sleeping in a beer tent at Plaza Tropical
- 19 y/o Chitians Peoples of 2126 Ridge Street, Emmaus, PA arrested for Underage Drinking and Public Drunkenness on Main Street
- 19 y/o Blane Malcomson of 523 Ridge Street, Emmaus, PA arrested for Underage Drinking on Main Street – had open 40 oz. beer.
- 14 y/o juvenile female arrested for Underage Drinking
Tuesday August 7th:
- 18 y/o Michael Nicol of 2157 Elbow Lane, Allentown, PA arrested for Underage Drinking and Public Drunkenness after being found with open container of alcohol on Main Street
- 14 y/o male arrested for Underage Drinking on Main Street
- 31 y/o Lane Stafford of Stones Riser Cove, Nashville, TN arrested for Criminal Trespass for climbing the blast furnaces at Steel Stacks
Wednesday August 8th:
- 53 y/o Thomas Davies of 163 W. Parker Street, Scranton, PA arrested for Possession of Marihuana after smoking a joint at Dukes of September concert at Steel Stacks
- 13 y/o female arrested for Disorderly Conduct for fighting on Main Street
- 14 y/o female arrested for Disorderly Conduct for fighting on Main Street
These arrests bring the Musikfest 2012 totals to 24 arrests over the first six days. Adults lead the juveniles 17 to 7 and males lead females 18 to 6.