At 7:28 PM on August 30th, 2012, two males were robbed in the tunnel at the south end of the Fahy Bridge. The victims were robbed by a black male who was armed with a handgun. The suspect fled the area on foot after stealing a pack of cigarettes and a cell phone.
The victims were able to provide enough information to police that the juvenile suspect was positively identified. The Bethlehem Police Street Crimes Unit contacted the Northampton County District Attorney’s office, and an arrest warrant was authorized, charging the suspect as an adult. The suspect is identified as Azim Brown, DOB 12/3/1995, of 604 High Street, Apt #1. Officers obtained a warrant charging Azim with Robbery, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Simple Assault, Possession of Instruments of Crime, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and firearms violations.
Street Crimes officers conducted surveillance of Brown’s residence, and also later checked for him at a relative’s address of 510 E. Fourth Street, Bethlehem. As officers were checking the area shortly after midnight, Brown was observed entering 510 E. 4th Street. Brown failed to comply with orders to come out of the house.
At 12:46 AM on August 31st, the City of Bethlehem Emergency Response Team was activated and elements of the tactical and negotiation teams responded. At 1:16 AM, as the tactical team assembled outside 510 E. Fourth Street, Azim Brown surrendered to police without incident. Officers were given permission to search the residence and the stolen cell phone and cigarettes were recovered.
Brown will be arraigned on the above listed charges later this morning.