Musikfest 2012 is over and our city has begun to resume normal activity. This year, we are pleased to announce that we experienced a significant downturn in arrest activity. Mayor John Callahan stated, “Public safety is always a priority in the city. Bethlehem is the safest city in Pennsylvania and we want to ensure that Musikfest is the safest festival in Pennsylvania. If you are going to welcome over a million people to Bethlehem, we certainly want them to feel safe.”
Over the entire festival, the Bethlehem Police Department arrested just forty-three people. Charges were filed against people for the offenses of Public Drunkenness (22), Underage Drinking (19), Disorderly Conduct (8), Narcotics Violations (4), Criminal Mischief (4), Trespassing (2), Harassment (1) and Scattering Rubbish (1). These numbers indicate the number of times each charge was brought against someone. At times, one arrest resulted in multiple charges being filed against the same person.
The numbers indicate that arrests for Disorderly Conduct have decreased from (33) last year. Underage Drinking and Public Drunkenness arrests have remained relatively steady over the past two years.
Below is a chart that compares the offenses from 2011 Musikfest to that of the offenses charged in 2012. It is clear that we experienced a dramatic downturn in the number of Disorderly Conduct arrests. This is the offense that usually results from people fighting. We experienced far fewer violent offenses and fights between youths.
Below is the final installment of the arrests for the last four days of Musikfest 2012:
Thursday August 9th:
- 18 y/o THOMAS WISMER of 2263 Rogers Street #20, Bethlehem, PA was arrested for Criminal Mischief, Underage Drinking, Public Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct on Main Street when he punched and broke the front store window of Molto Pazzo.
- 17 y/o juvenile male arrested for Underage Drinking and Public Drunkenness on Main Street.
- 52 y/o ERIC MOORE of 4605 Roop Rd, Mount Airy, MD was arrested for Public Drunkenness at Steel Stacks after being found unable to walk or stand.
- 28 y/o JAMEL SERRANO-PAUL of 1338 Nelson Street, Allentown, PA was arrested for Public Drunkenness, Possession of Marihuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after being found passed out on Main Street near Broad Street.
Friday August 10th:
- 14 y/o juvenile male was arrested for Underage Drinking on Main Street near Broad Street after being found having difficulty standing or walking.
- 17 y/o juvenile male was arrested for Underage Drinking and Public Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct on Heckewelder Place.
- 22 y/o JERAMIE MAYES of 1020 Chew Street, Allentown, PA was arrested for Public Drunkenness at Plaza Tropical after he was observed stumbling and falling several times.
- 24 y/o DEL MAR WILLIAMS, JR. was arrested for Possession of Cocaine on Heckewelder Place.
- 21 y/o ARIELLE BAUMGARTEN of 308 S. 16th Street, Allentown, PA was arrested for Public Drunkenness after found stumbling on Main Street.
Saturday August 11th:
- 50 y/o CARLOS VALENCIA of 540 Seneca Street, Apt 3, Bethlehem, PA was arrested for Public Drunkenness, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct at Festplatz after taunting, teasing and shouting at an autistic 14 y/o female.
- 45 y/o ANTHONY CORSINO of 217 N. Fulton Street, Allentown, PA was arrested for Public Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct at Plaza Tropical after he was fighting in a vendor stand with his employer.
- 56 y/o ANTHONY TRATNYEK of 1581 Irene Street, Bethlehem, PA was arrested for Public Drunkenness at Plaza Tropical after being observed staggering in the street that was open for traffic.
- 13 y/o female juvenile was arrested for Disorderly Conduct on the Main Street ramp for throwing a half-full can of soda onto the crowd at Festplatz.
- 14 y/o juvenile male was arrested for Underage Drinking after being found intoxicated on Main Street.
- 15 y/o juvenile female was arrested Underage Drinking and Public Drunkenness at Broad & Guetter Streets after she passed out and vomited on herself.
- 17 y/o juvenile male was arrested for Underage Drinking on Main Street after he was observed staggering and having difficulty walking.
- 20 y/o MICHAEL HALL of 3316 Beaufort Drive, Bethlehem, PA was arrested for Underage Drinking and Public Drunkenness after he was observed staggering on Main Street and having difficulty standing.
- 19 y/o CHRISTIAN GUITERREZ of 10 W. Main Street, Macungie, PA was arrested for Underage Drinking and Public Drunkenness on Main Street after being involved in a confrontation and yelling and cursing at another person.
Sunday August 12th:
- 30 y/o JESUS VAZQUEZ-ORTIZ of 1027 Mechanic Street, 2nd Fl., Bethlehem, PA was arrested for Scattering Rubbish at Volksplatz after a citizen observed him throwing trash in the Monacacy Creek.
Below is a chart of the arrests for Musikfest 2012, broken down by each area. The chart indicates the location of the arrests, the number of arrests and the percentage of arrests for each location.
The following chart indicates the types of offenses charged during Musikfest 2012, the number of each times someone was charged with each offense and the corresponding percentage.