FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 29, 2014
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.