FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 28, 2013
On June 15, 2013 Bethlehem Police responded to St Lukes University Hospital in Fountain Hill, Pa to take a report from a female alleging she was held against her will over a period of multiple weeks, beaten, and sexually assaulted at a rooming house located at 826 Montclair Ave Bethlehem, Pa 18015.
As the Investigation progressed Bethlehem Police Detectives obtained an arrest warrant from Magisterial District Justice James Narlesky charging Steven Kitchell, 34 year old male, with the following offenses:
2901(a)(1) Kidnapping – F1
2701(a)(1) Simple Assault – M2
2903(a) False Imprisonment – M2
3121(a)(1) Rape – F1
3124.1 Sexual Assault – F2
3126(a)(1) Indecent Assault – M2
On June 17, 2013 a search warrant obtained from Magisterial District Justice Nancy Matos Gonzalez was served at the Montclair St address by members of the Departments Emergency Response Team as well as members of the Departments Criminal Investigations Unit, and Special Operations Vice Unit and Street Crimes Unit. Kitchell was not located at the residence.
Information was developed that Kitchell had fled to New Jersey. With the assistance of the United States Marshals Service and police agencies from the State of New Jersey, Steven Kitchell has been located and taken into custody.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact City of Bethlehem Police Department Detective Thomas Galloway at 610-997-7976.
On June 26, 2013 Kitchell was taken into custody at 307 14th Ave Newark NJ by the City of Newark Police Fugitive Squad.
He is being held in NJ pending extradition back to Northampton County. Extradition is being handled by the Northampton County District Attorneys Office.