Arrested: Bethlehem Police announce arrests in Welcome Home party melee

On October 15, 2011, at approx. 2300 hours, Bethlehem Police Officers responded to a 911 call of several people being stabbed and gunshots being fired in the 500 block of Hess Street. Five individuals were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital for sharp force trauma related injures / stab wounds, lacerations and other fighting related injuries. A party was being held at a nearby house for an individual who was recently released from Pennsylvania Correctional facility. It was a “Welcome Home Party.”

The following charges were filed in reference to this large melee. Additional charges are forthcoming against other individuals as the investigation continues.

1-DAVID MICHAEL TORRES, age 22, 635 Fiot Street, Bethlehem, Pa.
Simple Assault, (2) Cts., Disorderly Conduct (Misd. grade), (2) Cts., Harassment

2-JOEL FONSECA, age 30, 611 Hess Street, Bethlehem, Pa.
Simple Assault, (2) Cts., Disorderly Conduct (Misd. Grade), (2) Cts., Harassment

3-MICHAEL DAVID TORRES, age 22, 102 W. Susquehanna Street, Allentown, Pa
Disorderly Conduct (Misd. Grade), (2) Cts., Harassment

4-DARREN AKHIR LINTON, age 21, 413 Pawnee Street, Bethlehem, Pa.
Simple Assault, (2) Cts., Disorderly Conduct (Misd. Grade), (2) Cts., Harassment

5-KARLA ORTIZ, age 18, 606 Hayes Street, Bethlehem, Pa.
Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Discharge of Firearm in City Limits.

Criminal complaints and affidavits of probable cause are on file at Magisterial District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez’s Office.

This large confrontation in the street was a continuation of an ongoing dispute between two rival groups.

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