Wanted Person

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 30, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

 

WANTED BY THE CITY OF BETHLEHEM POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Felix R Campos (25 YOM)

Felix R Campos (25 YOM)

The City of Bethlehem Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating FELIX RUBEN CAMPOS, age 25. CAMPOS is wanted on charges of Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Theft, Criminal Mischief, and Receiving Stolen property.

On July 31, 2013, Bethlehem Police Officers responded to a break-in at Touchstone Theaters located at 321 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. 18015. A brick was thrown thru the rear glass door of the theater to make entry.

Forensic evidence recovered from the crime scene by the Bethlehem Police Department’s Forensic Services Unit and Detectives resulted in the identification of FELIX RUBEN CAMPOS as the person responsible.

CAMPOS is described as a Hispanic male, 5’7”, approx. 185 lbs, brown eyes and black hair.

His last known address was Sixth Street in Bethlehem.

The City of Bethlehem Police Department will continue to use any and all forensic procedures, basic police protocols and technology in the solving of violent crime in the City of Bethlehem to make this City a safe community for citizens and visitors.

If you have any information on FELIX RUBEN CAMPOS, please contact the City of Bethlehem Police Department thru the BPD 911 Center and/or non-emergency number 610-865-7187. You can also contact Detective Moses Miller at 610-997-7674. The information you provide will make the City of Bethlehem a safer place for everyone.

Thank You.

 

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

 

Burglary Arrest Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 29, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On April 29, 2013, Bethlehem Police responded to a reported burglary at 621 Pawnee Street, in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. One of the occupants returned home from work and discovered his residence, that he shares with two other individuals, was broken into and burglarized. Jewelry and electronic devices were stolen from the home. The stolen property had an estimated value of $1900.00.

The initial patrol officer, Officer Michael Karavoulias, noticed blood smears on the wall of the staircase leading to the second floor of the residence. Forensic evidence was collected at the scene. The forensic evidence was sent to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab for examination.

On January 3, 2014, the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab contacted Detective Sean Molony concerning the blood evidence submitted. The Crime Lab indicated that the blood evidence submitted was linked thru CODIS to the DNA profile of one LUCAS JOSEPH CABASSA.

LUCAS JOSEPH CABASSA, who was known to Bethlehem Detectives, was in Northampton County Prison awaiting trial on Homicide and related charges that were filed by the Bethlehem Police Department for a shooting in June 2013 that resulted in the death of one Joseph Rodriguez.

On January 8, 2014, Detective Molony obtained a search warrant for a DNA sample from LUCAS JOSEPH CABASSA at Northampton County Prison. A DNA sample was taken from CABASSA. This sample was sent to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab for further examination.

On 5-19-14, notification was received that the DNA profile from the burglary scene matched the DNA sample taken from LUCAS JOSEPH CABASSA.

LUCAS JOSEPH CABASSA is presently in Northampton County Prison. CABASSA was convicted of First Degree Murder in a jury trial in April 2014. CABASSA is awaiting sentencing on that conviction. According to media articles from the trial, CABASSAA is an admitted Bloods street gang member.

On May 28, 2014, LUCAS JOSEPH CABASSA was arraigned before Northampton County District Judge Nancy Matos on charges of Burglary, Theft, and Receiving Stolen Property. CABASSA was then re-committed back to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $25,000.00.The Northampton County District Attorney’s Office will be handling CABASSA’s prosecution on these new charges.

This arrest was a direct result of forensic evidence that was properly collected at a crime scene by skilled and trained Bethlehem Police Officers, and the processing of that forensic evidence at a Crime Lab. The City of Bethlehem Police Department will continue to use any and all forensic procedures, basic police protocols and technology in the solving of violent crime in the City of Bethlehem.

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Memorial Day Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 23, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

The Bethlehem Police Department will be conducting enhanced enforcement assignments over the Memorial Day Weekend. DUI checkpoints and/or DUI Roving Patrols will be utilized this weekend (May 23-26) to deter and prevent DUI crashes. DUI drivers account for a significant number of crashes and these crashes too often result in fatalities.

This weekend, as friends and loved ones get together we encourage you to drink responsibly, use a designated driver, wear your seatbelt, and don’t drive distracted by your cell phone. Our friends and families travel the roads as well so we will be vigilant in finding, stopping and arresting anyone that would put yours or ours in jeopardy by driving impaired.

Have a safe holiday.

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Bethlehem Police 2014 Memorial Service and Award Ceremony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 19, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 6:00 Pm, the City of Bethlehem Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police, Star Lodge # 20, held their Annual Memorial Service for National Police Week. May 15th each year, by an act of Congress, is National Peace Officer Memorial Day and the week it falls in is designated National Police Week. Each year, the ceremony is held at the Bethlehem Police Memorial which is located at the north end of the Officer Phillip Fahy Bridge.

Officers in Formation. Photo Courtesy of The Express Times

Officers in Formation.
Photo Courtesy of The Express Times

 

The ceremony was attended by Mayor Robert Donchez, City Council members, Lehigh and Northampton County District Attorney’s Offices, the Pennsylvania State Police, the FBI, Allentown Police, Lehigh University Police, local law enforcement agencies, citizens and members of the City of Bethlehem Police Department and their families.

The Honorable Mayor Robert Donchez addressing the audience and Officers. Photo Courtesy of the Express Times

The Honorable Mayor Robert Donchez addressing the audience and Officers.
Photo Courtesy of the Express Times

Bag pipes and taps were played by members of the Liberty High School Band. The “Warriors Watch Riders,” the “American Legion Riders,” and the “Nam Knights” participated in the delivery of the U.S flag in honor of Officers killed in the line of duty and the posting of the U.S. flag by the Bethlehem Police Honor Guard. Sands Casino changed the lights on the Blast Furnace area to blue beams of light to show the thin blue line; the line of police that stand between law abiding citizens and those that break the law.

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Warrior Watch Riders, Nam Knights, and American Legion Riders in attendance. Photo Courtesy of the Express Times

Members in the audience and police officers who were veterans of the U.S. Military were also recognized and thanked for their service to their country and community. May 17th is also National Armed Forces Day across America.

LHS Bagpipers and BPD Color Guard at the Ceremony. Photo Courtesy of the Express Times

LHS Bagpipers and BPD Color Guard at the Ceremony.
Photo Courtesy of the Express Times

Since 1907, six Bethlehem Police Officers have been killed in the line of duty. We remember those six officers and also the 20,000 plus police officers who have been killed nationwide since 1791. We also remember the retired officers who have passed away the past year.

National Police Week is also a time to honor and award Officers who have went above and beyond the call of duty, and citizens who have assisted the Police. This year (126) police officers, (2) City Paramedics, (1) FBI Agent, (1) Northampton County Prosecutor, (1) Lehigh County Detective, (2) Allentown Police Officers, (2) Pennsylvania State Police Troopers, (1) City 911 Supervisor, (1) Police employee and (1) citizen were recognized for their duty and service. The awards ranged from criminal homicide investigations and arrests, to major multi county burglary rings, to shots fired at police, other violent and serial crimes.

Member of the Pennsylvania State Police and other officers in formation. Photo Courtesy of the Express Times

Member of the Pennsylvania State Police and other officers in formation.
Photo Courtesy of the Express Times

I would personally like to say Thank You to all the Bethlehem Police Officers, 911 Center Personnel and Police Staff for your Service and also another Thank You and job “Well Done” for the Officers and others being recognized with commendations.

Chief Diluzio’s speech

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

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Bethlehem Police National Police Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 15, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

National Police Week 2014: Honoring and Remembering our Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

City of Bethlehem Police Department – Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week—May 11-17—to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

This year, the names of 286 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 286 officers include 100 officers who were killed during 2013, plus 186 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

Since 1962, May 15th is recognized as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, is designated as National Police Week. Proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, and established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Since 1907, six Bethlehem Police Officers have been killed in the line of duty.

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 6:00 Pm, those six fallen Bethlehem Police Officers will be remembered along with all the other Police Officers that gave their lives in service of their communities throughout the United States in 2013. The City of Bethlehem Police Department will also be recognizing law enforcement officers and others for their service over the past year. This memorial ceremony will be held at the Bethlehem Police Memorial at the north end of the Officer Phillip Fahy Bridge by City Hall.

With respect for the 286 officers killed in the line of duty, and whom names are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. and in memory of the six Bethlehem Police Officers killed in the line of duty since 1907, Sands Casino of Bethlehem, will be shinning blue lights upon the Old Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnace area during this week in honor and memory of their service and sacrifice. The blue lights represent the thin blue line that law enforcement officers stand watch upon that protects the law abiding citizen from those who do not obey the law. Thank You Sands Casino.

The names of all 286 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2014. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live over the Internet beginning at 8 pm (EDT) on May 13th. To register for this free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.

The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2014. The national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

On May 15th each year, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary host a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families.

In tribute to American law enforcement officers and at the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates May 15th National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half staff.

Upon request and approval by the Honorable Robert J. Donchez, Mayor, City of Bethlehem, the U.S. Flag, State flag and City flag at Bethlehem City Hall will be flown at half staff on , Thursday, May 15th in their memory.

For more information about National Police Week, please visit www.LawMemorial.org/policeweek.

Thank You.

 

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

PAWNEE ST DRUG ARREST ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 9, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On 08 May 2014 at 1508 hours, members of the Bethlehem Police Vice Unit, Street Crimes Unit, and Emergency Response Team served a search warrant at 754 Pawnee Street in the City of Bethlehem.

PAWNEE STAs part of an ongoing investigation, Luis Angel Morales-Rios, was stopped in his vehicle as he left 754 Pawnee St. Morales-Rios was found to be in possession of 622 dollars and an amount of marijuana. A search warrant was then conducted at the residence. The search revealed a loaded Jimenez Arms .380 semi-automatic pistol, 56 bags of heroin, an amount of crack cocaine, an amount of marijuana packaged for sale, scales and packaging materials. Also located was an elaborate video surveillance system in the residence.

Morales-Rios was charged with possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Morales-Rios was arraigned before on-duty Northampton County District Justice Diane Marakovits and bail set at 50,000 dollars. Morales-Rios was committed to Northampton County Prison. This investigation was part of an ongoing effort to identify and arrest heroin dealers in the City of Bethlehem.

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746 Linden St Structure Fire Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 8, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Thursday, 08 May 2014, the Bethlehem Police Department and the Bethlehem Fire Department responded to 746 Linden Street in the City of Bethlehem on the report of a structure fire at that location.

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Upon arrival, fire was observed on the third floor of that address. The fire, contained to the third floor, was quickly extinguished by Bethlehem firefighters.

Police officers at the scene received information that a methamphetamine lab was located on the third floor and may have been responsible for the fire. Bethlehem firefighters did locate evidence of a methamphetamine lab on the third floor. While checking the basement of 746 Linden Street, Bethlehem firefighters located evidence of a second methamphetamine lab in the basement of that address. A search warrant for 746 Linden Street was prepared for the residence. The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab team responded to the scene to process and collect the evidence. Investigators from the police department and fire department are examining the scene to determine cause and origin of the fire.

The investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are pending.  No further information will be released at this time.

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ARREST MADE IN LIBERTY HS HOAX CALL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 6, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2014, at 12:40, the City of Bethlehem 911 Center received a 911 call from a young male stating that three males had just entered Liberty High School armed with guns.

Police units were dispatched to the School and the school was placed in lockdown. A systematic search of the school and campus was conducted by Police. While at the scene, a report of a possible gunshot in the building and a report of a male with a weapon were received.

The Bethlehem Police Department, along with the Bethlehem Area School District, has in place a protocol dealing with threats to schools. That protocol was immediately enacted and followed. The result of the search for the three armed males was negative. The other two reports were deemed unfounded.

The 911 call placed to the Police 911 Center appears to be a fake call or hoax. The Bethlehem Police Department was assisted at the scene by Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police Bethlehem Barracks, the FBI, and assistance from Allentown Police. Bethlehem Fire and Bethlehem EMS responded and assisted.

The total cost to City of Bethlehem taxpayers, because of this fake call or hoax, is being calculated and is expected to be in the thousands of dollars. The emotional cost of this event to students, teachers, staff and parents can not be calculated in the same manner.

A criminal investigation was immediately started by City of Bethlehem Detectives with assistance from the FBI into the caller of this fake call or hoax. A cell phone number was ascertained from computerized dispatch records at the BPD 911 Center. The cell phone number was tracked down to a local Walmart store where a disposable cell phone was purchased. Information obtained thru additional investigation was placed out thru RIIC, the Regional Investigation Information Center run by the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office, and PACIC, the Pennsylvania Crime Information Center run by the Pennsylvania State Police, to law enforcement agencies throughout the Lehigh Valley area and state. The analysis and information sharing systems used by RIIC and the Officer David Petzold Forensic Computer Crime Lab proved extremely important in advancing this investigation forward.

Late On May, 5 2014, an Allentown Police Officer, acting on information and intelligence he viewed and received from RIIC, stopped a vehicle in Allentown which contained two individuals depicted in the RIIC information. The vehicle was impounded pending investigation and both young males detained pending investigation.

Thru additional investigation, City of Bethlehem Detectives obtained search warrants which were served on a residence at 525 Atlantic Street in Bethlehem and on the impounded vehicle. The sunglasses and clothing items that one young male wore when the cell phone was purchased were recovered inside the vehicle. The cell phone and box was recovered from inside the residence.

On Tuesday afternoon, May 6, 2014, Shae Quawn Najee Watson, age 25, of 815 E. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, Pa. 18103, was arrested by Detective Moses Miller in this incident. Charges were approved by Northampton County District Attorney Terry Houck. Shae Quawn Najee Watson is presently being charged with the following criminal offenses:

(3) Counts Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Terroristic Threats – Felony Grading

(1) Count Criminal Conspiracy to Commit False Alarms to Agencies of Public Safety – Felony Grading

(1) Count Criminal Conspiracy to Commit False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities – Misd. Grade

Shae Quawn Najee Watson was arraigned this afternoon before Northampton County District Judge Roy Manwarring III on the above charges and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of bail of $100,000.00                   .

On April 16, 2014, approximately 2100 students, plus staff, faculty and visitors were present in Liberty High School when this incident occurred. Their lives were interfered with by the unlawful and immature actions of the male charged in this incident. The unnecessary worry and stress caused to the parents of students inside Liberty High School during the lockdown can not be expressed in words that are printable in the media.

 

This investigation is not over and still is ongoing by City Detectives and other agencies. The City of Bethlehem Police Department and the Bethlehem Area School District is committed to the safety of all students and school district personnel. The City of Bethlehem Police Department is committed to finding all the individuals involved in this incident and bringing them to justice. City Detectives are continuing to investigate and additional charges and/or arrests are possible.

I would personally like to say thank you to Dr. Joseph Roy, BASD Superintendent, the Liberty High School Administration and Staff, and all the students at Liberty High School for their cooperation and patience in this incident. Their cooperation, patience and attention to protocol assisted the Police Officers in their search of the entire Liberty High School Campus on April 16, 2014 and in the continuing criminal investigation.

There will be no additional information released at this time.

Thank you.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

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A THANK YOU TO THE STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY AND PARENTS OF LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL

On Wednesday May 1, 2014, students from Liberty High School and staff members came to the Bethlehem Police Department with Thank You cards, treats and hoagies.

Students from Liberty High School approached their student government and faculty and requested to do something to show their appreciation and gratitude to all the Police, Fire and EMS personnel who responded to Liberty High School on April 16, 2014.

On behalf of the City of Bethlehem Police Department and all of the personnel, I would personally like to say THANK YOU to the all the Liberty High School students, parents, staff and faculty for what I believe was the greatest thank you ever expressed to the Police Department. I have been a police officer in the City a very long time, and I truly do not remember anything like this before.

I was presented with a stack of thank you letters from students and staff about our response. There were several boxes of small gift bags with treats and thank you notes attached to them. I made it a point to read several dozen of them. Some were very heartfelt. Other were funny about “what we learned from the lockdown” and a then serious thank you note. Others were simple and to the point “thank you for being there when we needed you.” They expressed the thoughts and feelings of the students and staff there that day. Whatever way the thank you was expressed, the notes hit home to the many police officers that responded that day; many that are parents of children.

To the students at Liberty High School, the staff and faculty, the parents of the students who took time out of their busy schedules, to all involved in this gesture to present the Police, Fire and EMS Services with lunch and express their gratitude, again, I personally what to say THANK YOU to all of you for your cooperation and patience on April 16, 2014, and for the delicious lunch and treats you prepared and brought into Police Headquarters today.

Your gesture and actions show a strong set of values that we need in today’s society and in our future leaders.

Thank You

Sincerely,

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police