"This Beer’s for You, Officer"

Bethlehem, PA
BC-12-15566

On Thursday 4-19-12, the Bethlehem Police Department issued an internal Patrol Alert regarding a wanted person, Sapankumar Adhikari.  He was wanted by the Bethlehem Police for a variety of serious domestic charges, including assault and reckless endangerment of his seven year old son.  Adhikari made very serious threats to kill his wife and two children.

Here is where the story gets weird.  Police did not have to look very far to find Adhikari, because at 7:05 p.m. on 4/19, Officer Matthew Laxton was dressed in full uniform investigating a vehicle crash in the 500 block of Ontario Street in South Bethlehem. The Officer was standing next to his marked City of Bethlehem Police cruiser.

As Officer Laxton was looking into the cruiser’s trunk for something, he was struck on the left foot by a full 12 oz. can of Miller High Life Beer. The Officer turned around and observed Adhikari Sapankumar standing alone about 10 feet behind him on the sidewalk.
Officer Laxton asked Mr. Adhikari “So, you throw things at Police?”  Mr. Adhikari stared at Officer Laxton, who appeared intoxicated and began to walk away, stumbling into the street.  Mr. Adhikari was placed under arrest at this time by Officer Laxton. Mr. Adhikari later made a statement to Police about why he threw the can of beer at Officer Laxton; “I throw the can, I’m making sure you cops are doing your job.”
Well, the Police did do their job. Mr. Adhikari was arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Harassment, Public Drunkenness, Disorderly Conduct and committed to Northampton County Prison.  The additional warrant for Mr. Adhikari will charge him with Simple Assault and Recklessly Endangering a 7 year old child. These charges were from an investigation involving the physical abuse of a child. A PFA against Mr. Adhikari was also located. Additional charges relative to the PFA and child assault investigation are pending.
MORAL OF THE STORY: When you are a WANTED Person, do not throw a full can of beer at a Police Officer and tell the Police Officer that you want to make sure he is doing his job. Your wish will come true and you will probably not like where you end up.
Sapankumar Adhikari
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