Bethlehem Police Announce Release of New Mobile Device App

For Immediate Release:  27 July 2012

Contact:  Mayor John Callahan – 610-865-7100 or Joe Kelly – 610-865-7085

Bethlehem, Pa. (27 July 2012) – Bethlehem Police Department’s newest crime fighting initiative is now available on your iPhone or Android smart phone.

Mayor John Callahan announced today that the department will begin using MyPD, a free mobile device application designed to improve communication between police and the public. MyPD allows users to check the latest news, view social media postings, get directions, find department contacts, submit feedback, questions and crime tips and participate in department surveys. The app is not for emergency situations and will not replace services like 911. MyPD is available on iPhone and Android platforms.

“Bethlehem has always been dedicated to community policing and the MyPD app brings that approach to a mobile device,” Callahan said. “Users will be able to better communicate with police and the app will make sure the message gets to the correct officer.”

Bethlehem Chief of Police Jason Schiffer emphasized the flexibility and user-friendliness of MyPD.

“It is important to have a police app that allows users to do a variety of things,” he said. “Our goal is to increase the flow of information, allowing users to easily send messages and questions and allowing police to provide users with our latest news, updates and services.”

MyPD is developed by Massachusetts-based WiredBlue. More than 30 police departments in 13 states use the app. Bethlehem Police is among the first departments in Pennsylvania to use MyPD.

“Corporate America is using apps to provide customers with better service and accessibility,” WiredBlue founder Peter Olson said. “Progressive law enforcement agencies are adopting the MyPD app for the same reasons.”

More details about the app can be found at www.mypdapp.com

Bethlehem Mounted Unit aids in capture of “Sorry” Thief

Bethlehem, PA

BC-12-32283

At 1244 PM on Wednesday July 26th, two juvenile males entered the Moravian Smithy at 425 Main Street.  After asking several questions, one of the males grabbed the cash donation box and both males made for the door.

Moravian Smithy Donation Box

What the males didn’t know is that while they were in the Smithy, two officers from the Bethlehem Mounted Unit stopped on the south end of Main Street, directly outside of the front door.  When the males exited the front door, they came face to face with Bethlehem’s Mounted officers along with George and Pharoah.  The male carrying the cash box saw the mounted police and turned to hand the stolen cash box back to the blacksmith while stating, “Sorry.”

Bethlehem Mounted Officers along with (L to R) Pharoah, George and Raven

The two males immediately fled the area on foot, down the embankment to Johnston Park.  The mounted officers followed in pursuit.  Mounted Officer Mike Leaser, riding George, called the pursuit and police units responded and flooded the area.  Within a minute, at least fifteen Bethlehem Police Officers covered the area from Johnston Park to Sand Island, including Patrol Officers, Mounted Officers, Mountain Bike Officers, plain clothes detectives and members of the command staff.  One of the suspects tried to hide in the Monacacy Creek but could not escape the watchful eyes of the mounted unit.  The foot pursuit continued toward Conestoga Street and ended with a juvenile male being taken into custody by a mountain bike officer and several patrol officers.

Robbery Arrests: Three arrested in connection with four robberies

Danny Stafford

Johnnie Johnson

Late Wednesday evening, July 25, 2012, between 10:40 PM and midnight, a series of strong armed robberies and attempted robberies were reported to the City of Bethlehem 911 Center. The first occurred in the unit block of E. North Street. The second occurred in the area of Dellwood St. and E. Union Blvd. The third occurred in the 400 block of Main Street, and the fourth robbery occurred in the 1600 block of Jill Street.

Descriptions provided by the victims indicated that the suspects were all young dark skinned males operating a  green Ford Focus. The thieves threatened their victims. One female victim was assaulted by the males. 

Bethlehem Police officers searched the City for the car and suspects. Sgt John Lamana located the dark green Ford Focus parked on Fritz Drive. The car was occupied by five dark skinned males. When Police units approached, the vehicle pulled away onto Randolf Rd. where four males fled from the car. 

The driver of the car, JOHNNIE JOHNSON JR, age 19, was taken into custody by Sgt. Lamana. Two other males, DANNY STAFFORD JR., age 18, and a 15 year old male were also apprehended a short distance away. Several purses, wallets and sets of keys were in the vehicle. 

Arrested were: 

JOHNNIE JOHNSON JR., 166 Springbrook Road, Port Jervis, New York 12771, is charged with (4) counts of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, (2) Counts of Robbery, (2) counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery, (2) counts of Theft, (2) counts of Receiving Stolen Property, and (2) counts of Simple Assault. 

DANNY STAFFORD, 413 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, Pa. 18015, is charged with (4) counts of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, (2) counts of Robbery, (2) counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery, (2) counts of Theft, (2) counts of Receiving Stolen Property and (2) counts of Simple Assault. 

A 15 year old JUVENILE from Bethlehem, is also charged with (4) counts Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, (2) counts of Robbery, (2) counts Criminal Attempt to commit Robbery, (2) counts Theft, (2) counts Receiving Stolen Property and (2) counts Simple Assault. 

JOHNNIE JOHNSON JR. and DANNY STAFFORD will be arraigned later today before Judge James Narlesky and committed to Northampton County Prison pending Northampton County Court action.  

The 15 year old JUVENILE was committed to Northampton County Juvenile Detention pending Northampton County Court action. 

Criminal Complaints and affidavits are on file at Judge Narlesky’s Office.

This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information or knows the identities of the other two males involved, please contact the City of Bethlehem Police Communication Center at 610-865-7187 and/or Det. Brad Jones at 610-865-7146.

Crime Alert: Armed Robbery in 500 Blk. Main Street – Suspect photos

Bethlehem, PA

BC-12-32128
An Armed Robbery occurred at 12:25 PM today at 521 512 Main Street. The suspects were armed with handguns.

The suspects are described as dark-skinned black males:

Suspect #1: Age in his 40’s wearing a white mesh shirt, white sneakers, shorter black hair, NY Yankee baseball hat, blue hat, white bill.
Suspect #2: Younger male, longer hair, wearing purple/turquoise polo shirt w/ stripes, dark colored hat, blue jeans, possibly white sneakers.
If anyone has any information, contact Bethlehem Police immediately at 610.865.7187.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7-AWQg03XA

 

WANTED PERSON: David Bermudez

Bethlehem, PA

DAVID BERMUDEZ, age 34, of Bethlehem, PA, is wanted on charges of Aggravated Assault (Domestic Violence Related), Robbery, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Theft and Receiving Stolen Property.

On July 25th 2010 at 1:00 AM, BERMUDEZ was involved in an assault on his ex-girlfriend. During the course of this assault, BERMUDEZ grabbed her face with his hands, and bit off her left lower ear.  The lower ear has not been recovered. The victim is being treated at St. Lukes University Hospital.

If you know BERMUDEZ’S whereabouts, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department Communication Center at 610-865-7187.

 

Possible Missing Person

Bethlehem, PA

UPDATE: Christina Borsoi has been located in Hellertown, PA and is safe and unharmed.  Thanks to everyone for their assistance in getting this meesage out.

BC-12-31818

The City of Bethlehem Police Department is investigating the possibility of a missing person.  At approximately 1130 Hrs on July 23rd,Bethlehem Police officers on patrol encountered an abandoned vehicle at the bus stop in the vicinity of E. Fourth St. and Lynn Avenue.  The passenger door was standing open and the keys remained in the vehicle, along with a purse.  The vehicle is a mid-2000’s silver Chevy Impala.  The car belongs to CHRISTINA MARIE BORSOI of 416 Main Street in Hellertown, PA.  BORSOI was born on 20 September 1956, she is a caucasian female, 5′ 7″ tall, with green eyes and wears corrective lenses.  Bethlehem Police are attempting to locate Ms. BORSOI to check on her welfare.  If anyone has any information, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department at 610.865.7187.

Convenience Store Armed Robberies: Updated Info / Warrant Issued

UPDATED 6:23 pm 7/18/12:
 Isaiah Barker has been taken into custody in Allentown, PA by Allentown Police after a foot pursuit. All four robbery suspects are now in custody. Thank you APD!

Bethlehem, PA

4:30 pm Wednesday 7/18/12

On Wednesday afternoon, July 18th at 1:30 pm, two females and one male were arraigned before Northampton County Judge Roy Manwaring on Robbery and related charges.  The two females are 17 years of age and are being charged as adults in Northampton County.

LOUIS ENRIQUE ORTIZ, age 19, of 618 Atlantic Street, Bethlehem was charged with (5) counts of Robbery, Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery, (5) counts of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, (5) counts of Theft, (5) counts of Receiving Stolen Property, (5) counts of Terroristic Threats, (5) counts of Simple Assault and (5) counts of Possessing Instruments of Crime.

ASHLEY HORNING, age 17, of Bethlehem, was charged with (5) counts of Robbery, (5) counts of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, and Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery.

ASHLEY ESKAFF, age 17, of Bethlehem, was charged with (5) counts of Robbery, (5) counts of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, and Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery.

Judge Manwaring set bail on ORTIZ, HORNING and ESKAFF at $100,000.00.

The three suspects were committed to Northampton County Prison pending Northampton County Court action.

An additional male suspect is being sought by Bethlehem Police Detectives.

Wanted in connection with these armed robberies is a ISAIAH M. BARKER, age 17. BARKER’S  last known address was in Freemansburg.

Information indicates that he is presently residing somewhere in Allentown area.

BARKER is WANTED on charges of (5) counts Robbery, Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery, (5) counts Criminal Conspiracy, (5) counts Theft, (5) counts Receiving Stolen Property,

(5) counts Terroristic Threats, (5) counts Simple Assault and (5) counts Possessing Instruments of Crime.  BARKER is also being charged as an adult in Northampton County.

ISAIAH M. BARKER is presently not in police custody. Anyone with any information about Barker’s whereabouts is asked to Contact the Bethlehem Police Department at 610-865-7187 and/or Det. Moses Miller at 610-997-7674 or Det. Jason Fulmer at 610-997-7682.

Breaking News: Citizen tip helps lead police to robbery arrests

Bethlehem, PA

An alert member of our community contacted Bethlehem police last evening to report the possible identity of one of the armed robbers who is responsible for the Lehigh Valley’s recent robbery crime spree as detailed in our recent posts here and here.

On Tuesday July 18th, the City of Bethlehem Police Department, along with the Palmer Township Police Department released information through the Bethlehem Police blog and the local media relating to the recent convenience store armed robberies.  We released surveillance photos of the robbery suspects along with all other pertinent information we had available to us.  We were seeking the assistance of the community in identifying these individuals.  Bethlehem Police Detectives received a tip from a citizen who identified one fo the male armed robbery suspects.  This information proved to be essential in assisting police in this investigation.  Detectives used this information to conduct surveillance and attempt to gather further information so that arrests could be made.

On early Wednesday morning, July 18th, 2012 at 3:02 a.m., a Bethlehem Police officer on surveillance of overnight businesses, observed suspicious male in the area of the 7-11 Store at Linden Street and Macada Road in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County.  Officers from our Fourth Platoon, the Street Crimes Unit and Bethlehem detectives organized a perimeter of the area.  When uniformed officers approached the male, he immediately fled on foot.  During the ensuing foot chase, the male discarded a handgun and bandana that are consistent with ones used in the commission of the previous robberies.

During the foot pursuit, a motor vehicle was observed by our officers that was attempting to leave the area.  This vehicle was stopped by officers and two females and one male were detained.  Through subsequent investigation by detectives, it was established that these individuals along with the male who fled on foot, were in the process of robbing the 7-11 Store at Linden St and Macada Road.  Further investigation by detectives indicated that these individuals are involved in multiple other armed robberies in both Palmer Township and the City of Bethlehem.  Detectives are actively working this investigation and charges are expected to be filed later today in Northampton County.

This investigation is coming to a successful conclusion, in part, due to the cooperation of members of the community in providing valuable and accurate information to the police to help us identify the responsible persons.  We have also been successful due to the tireless work of officers and detectives from both the Bethlehem Police and Palmer Township Police Department.  The officers of the Bethlehem Police Department who have worked hard overnight to ensure the safety of our community also deserve our appreciation.  Thank you all for a job well done.

Anyone with additional information relating to this joint investigation, please contact Detective Seregant Tim Ruoff, Palmer Township Police department at 610.253.3556 ext 211 and/or Bethlehem Police Detective Moses Miller, 610.997.7674 or Detective Jason Fulmer, 610.997.7682.

We will be releasing further information and the identities of the arrested parties when they have been arraigned.

Additional Information: LV Armed Robbery Suspects

Bethlehem, PA

The City of Bethlehem Police department and Palmer Township Police Departments are conducting a joint robbery investigation.  Similar suspects have robbed several late night businesses in both jurisdictions.  The armed robberies occurred between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.  In some of the robberies, two male suspects enter the business, while in others, only one male enters.  The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect #1 is described as a medium skinned male, dark hair pulled back in a bun, 1/4″ rings through each earlobe, wearing sunglasses, dressed in all black clothing, carries a dark-colored large frame semi-automatic handgun with some type of light or similar device attached to the frame.

Suspect #2 is described as a medium skinned male, wearing a blue patterned bandana over his face, dark-colored baseball hat with a “wings” emblem on the front. He wears dark clothes and carries a small frame semi-automatic dark colored handgun.

In each of the robberies, cash was taken along with Marlboro or Newport cigarettes.

If anyone can identify either of the males in the photographs, contact Detective Moses Miller at 610.997.7674 or Detective Jason Fulmer at 610.997.7682, both of the City of Bethlehem Police Departments.  Any information can also be given to the Bethlehem Police Communications Center at 610.865.7187.  In Palmer Township, please contact Sergeant Timothy Ruoff of the Palmer Township Police Department at 610.253.3356 ext 211.

Robbery at Rudy’s 25th Street & Northampton in Palmer Township @ 11:55 pm on 7/14/12

Robbery at Linden & Macada Rd 7-11 at 3:51 am on 7/14/12 (BC-12-30815)

Robbery at Catasauqua Rd 7-11 2:06 am on 7-15-12 (BC-12-30558)

14th & W. Broad St. 7-11 Robbery 0010 Hrs on 7-17-12 (BC-12-30809)

URGENT: Help Identify Armed Robbery Suspects

Bethlehem, PA

The City of Bethlehem Police Department, along with other area law enforcement agencies, is investigating several armed robberies that occurred in our city and Palmer Township within the past four days.  The suspects in these robberies were armed with handguns and have victimized both convenience stores and citizens on the street.  We are gathering as much surveillance video and photos from all locations and will be posting more as they become available to us.  Please see below for current photos and contact our Communications Center at 610.865.7187 if you have any information.